Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies

Are you looking for a way to combine your commitment to social justice with other academic and professional pursuits?


The women's and gender studies program focuses on issues central to the constantly changing lives of women. Women’s and gender studies courses explore the conditions of women’s lives and critically analyze those conditions. The scholarly focus on women’s lives requires the women’s studies program to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, ask new questions, and develop new knowledge and new perspectives.

Why is Women's and Gender Studies in Demand?

  • Global leaders understand social injustice and inequality. They look for qualified professionals who acknowledge gender and its complex relationship to issues of domestic and international diversity.
  • Managers know that with a degree in women’s studies, you are prepared to hit the ground running on practical social issues. Course work is infused with practice-oriented projects and leadership training.
  • UN Millennial Goals emphasize gender equality in all arenas of the public and private sectors. Women’s studies will provide you with the tools needed to advance these goals.

Is it for me?

Are you:

  • Committed to creating a more equitable society?
  • Someone who enjoys the freedom to cross the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines?
  • Looking for a way to combine your commitment to social justice with other academic and professional pursuits?

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Women's and Gender Studies

Major or concentration available.   The University of Scranton offers you the choice to pursue either a six-course (18-credit) women’s and gender studies concentration or a ten-course (30-credit) major.
Be a name, not a number.    Small classes are capped at 25-30 students. Undergraduate studies are our focus. Faculty get to know you on an individual basis and are generous with their time and attention inside and outside of class.
Supportive learning environment.    Students are members of a unique and supportive learning environment that allows for exchange among faculty, students and community members, both inside and outside the classroom.
Students who excel.    Women’s and gender studies students have won major awards recognizing their academic achievements, including Fulbright Teaching Fellowships, Truman Scholarships and the USA Today Academic All-Star Team.
Strong sense of community.   Departmental activities are integrated with co-curricular opportunities to serve diverse communities and work toward positive social change.
  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    Women's and Gender Studies:

    • Promotes critical thinking, intellectual growth and self-awareness
    • Offers opportunities for participation in study abroad and internships
    • Combines the strength of a solid liberal arts education with marketable, hands-on knowledge about gender issues and leadership roles in diverse workplaces and communities 
    • Prepares students for graduate study and careers involving gender justice
  • What You'll Learnplus or minus


    The women’s and gender studies major provides an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to understanding the social and cultural constructions of gender that shape the experiences of women and men in society. The curriculum offers a solid foundation in women’s and gender studies, preparing students for graduate study and careers involving gender justice and leadership roles in diverse workplaces and communities.

    Women’s and gender studies faculty members have active scholarly research agendas. Some topics of recent scholarly research, presentation and publication include women in Latin America, feminist perspectives in visual culture, rhetoric and public policy, women’s political engagement in the United States, women's health psychology, and migration and refugees. 

    The major requires the completion of two foundational courses and one course in each of the three following areas: historical knowledge, representations and expressions, and social and behavioral sciences, as well as five elective courses or four electives and an internship. Students work carefully with advisors to choose additional cognate courses that will supplement and enrich the major and prepare students for their futures.

    Click here to see the curriculum for the major. 

    With careful planning, students enrolled in any major or college can complete the women’s and gender studies concentration without taking extra courses. Most students double major with another field of interest. Women’s and gender studies is an excellent option for students who wish to organize their GE courses around a coherent theme. Women’s and gender studies courses are usually cross-listed with other academic departments.

    Click here to see the curriculum for the concentration.

  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    Students find an outlet for their interest in advocacy and social justice through volunteer work in the Scranton community. Some women’s studies students also volunteer at the Jane Kopas Women’s Center on campus and participate in peer education programs such as PACT (Promoting Awareness of the College Transition).

    Women’s and gender studies students are encouraged to participate in learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, including internships, public presentations of their scholarly work and volunteer work, and social gatherings with peers, faculty members and members of the local community.


Where will Women’s and Gender Studies take me?

Students who major or concentrate in women's studies, whether or not they choose to go on to professional or graduate school, are especially well positioned to work in education, policy institutions, development, media, social work, and the private sector. 

Graduate Schools

Graduates have attended graduate programs in women’s studies, public policy, law, education, counseling, philosophy, public health, health administration, social work and medicine at institutions such as:

  • Columbia University
  • George Washington University
  • The University of Pennsylvania
  • Temple University
  • American University
  • Vanderbilt University

Leading Employers

Graduates of the program are employed at many prestigious public and private organizations, including:

  • AmeriCorps
  • Random House Publishers
  • Morgan Stanley 
  • Bronx District Attorney’s Office
  • Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
  • New York State Division of Human Rights
  • Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C.
  • Renfrew Center in Philadelphia

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

One of the many things students tell us they love about Scranton is that our faculty are active in helping them achieve their career goals.  As you walk across campus, you’ll often see students chatting with faculty over coffee to share ideas.

Whether it’s advising or providing letters of reference for a competitive graduate school or that dream job, faculty make it their priority to get to know each student on an individual level.  That deep level of understanding means that our faculty are not only dedicated teachers and strong researchers, but also advocates for you professionally. 

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Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540

Department of Latin American Studies/Women's Studies
Jean Harris, Ph.D.
Director, Women's & Gender Studies
(570) 941-7431