Major or Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

Clark's women's and gender studies (WGS) program dates from a political moment in the 1970s when student activists urged their feminist mentors to begin offering courses in women’s studies. As a WGS major or minor, you will explore women’s issues, the social construction of femininities and masculinities, and the gendered dimensions of any field of study at Clark. This interdisciplinary program brings together more than 50 faculty members from the humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, management, and visual and performing arts. Program courses stress the importance of social identities and relationships, such as those shaped by gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, and class, in order to understand individual and collective experiences. As student in the major or minor, you can expect to engage with a range of viewpoints and connect theory to practice on the Clark campus, in the Worcester community, and further afield.

Why Choose Women's and Gender Studies at Clark?

  • Connect to a vibrant program, with a long history of scholarly activism and engaged research in the Clark community and around the world.
  • Gain insights from applications of feminist theory that push you to think more critically about ideas and events that you encounter in your everyday life.
  • Use gender analysis to understand and evaluate the lived experiences of individuals and communities representing a diversity of gender identities.
  • Develop a greater sensibility about how gender intersects with sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, age, class, ability, and other social identities.