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Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Director:Dr. Ethel Brooks
Sr. Department Administrator: Monique Gregory

The Women's & Gender Studies undergraduate program, founded in the early seventies, is one of the oldest in the nation. Currently the program has over 200 majors and minors and serves over 1900 students annually in a wide array of core and cross-listed courses. The major, approved in 1984, introduces students to significant issues and debates in feminist scholarship, theory, and activism.

Women’s & Gender Studies seek to enrich traditional disciplinary approaches not simply by including women but by transforming the categories, through which knowledge is produced and disseminated.

All courses are interdisciplinary and each considers the complex dynamics among race, ethnicity, locality, class, gender, and sexuality. The readings and discussions in each class represent a wide variety of women's perspectives concerning issues such as: the conceptualization of difference, the production and recreation of femininity and masculinity, language and gender, the division of labor, women and poverty, sexual violence, reproductive rights, gay and lesbian theory, gender and popular theory, and contemporary feminist politics. Ultimately, we strive to ground both research and theory in the everyday realities of feminist activism around the globe. Women’s & Gender Studies program faculty, students and staff are active members and leaders of academic and community women’s organizations.

The WGS alumnae pursue their professional career in various fields. One fifth of our graduates continue their education in graduate programs in different fields (political science, English, law) around the country. Many alumnae also engage in work in the area of health and pharmacy (about one fourth). Others choose law (one fifth of the alumnae), education (one fourth) media or computer studies. Many WGS graduates continue their activist work in non-governmental organizations that engage with women and work, international politics and women’s leadership.

Advising

Need academic advising? We're here to help!

Academic Advising Schedule For: Fall 2017

Undergraduate: Mondays from 1pm-3pm and by email appointment ebrooks@womenstudies.rutgers.edu  
*APPOINTMENTS STRONGLY SUGGESTED*

The mission of academic advising is to assist each student in developing and implementing their own academic plan designed to your educational, career and personal goals. The advising process is a shared responsibility between students and advisers.

Our Graduate and Undergraduate Directors of WGS can assist you directly or point you in the right direction, regardless of the type of advice you need or questions you have.

Contact Us

Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building
162 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901


P  848/932-9331
F  732/932-1335
E  womenstudies@womenstudies.rutgers.edu