Women's and Gender Studies (minor)

What you will study

As a student of Women’s and Gender Studies at Alverno College, you examine human experience through the lens of gender, develop valuable abilities and skills to engage and collaborate with others, and explore and develop effective opportunities for making positive changes in the world around you. You acquire an ability to analyze how social, political, economic, psychological, philosophical, artistic, and scientific influences shape your own and others’ positions in the world, developing a grasp of the contribution of gender to your own perspective and attitudes.

You apply a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives to analyze issues related to women and gender. You deepen your understanding of the value of gender analysis to disciplinary frameworks and assess the significance of the study of women and gender for multiple areas of study. You analyze the relationship between systemic forms of prejudice and privilege and their impact on organizations and communities, building a complex conceptual grasp of organizations and systems that impact the communities around you.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

Women and Gender Studies Support Intermediate
HS-213U S. Women's Rights & Lives2
WGS-200Intro to Women's & Gender Studies4
Women and Gender Studies Support Advanced
PL-410Philosophy Perspectives & Methods4
Take one from the following:3-4
Gender Diversity
Crit Prsp/Early Modern World, 1350-1750
Psychology of Gender
Take 6-8 credits of WGS Electives6-8