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Women's and Gender Studies

Address:
Wayne Hall 736
125 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19382


Jean Bauer
610-436-2584
JBauer@wcupa.edu

Dr. Simon Ruchti, Chair
610-436-2464
ERuchti@wcupa.edu

For almost fifty years, Women's and Gender Studies at West Chester University has integrated the valuable life experiences of those people who have been traditionally neglected in academia:

  • women,
  • people of color,
  • LGBTQA people,
  • indigenous people, and
  • people of the global south

We continue this tradition by encouraging our students to incorporate their own voices and experiences into their studies, which helps students understand their own identities in relation to society and culture. It is through this shared understanding that sustainable social change begins, develops, and perseveres.

One way change occurs is within your engagement with others. Today, employers seek people who can effectively address diverse issues and diverse people. Many disciplines teach you about the importance of diversity. Our program will not only do this, but will also teach you the language and skills you need to create and facilitate a respectful space for all of your future clients, patients, employees, or students.

Upcoming Event

Islamophobia in Perspectives

Islamophobia: A Perspective from an American Jewish Activist in the Movement for Justice
September 13, 2017 | 2:00-3:15pm | Sykes 115

Understanding and Combating Islamophobia: What History Can Teach Us
October 12, 2017 | 3:15-4:30pm | Ballroom C

Islamophobia: What is New and What is Old
November 6, 2017 | 3:15-4:30pm | Ballroom C

Race, Gender, and Islamophobia
February 19, 2018 | 2:00-3:15pm | Ballroom C

Department Overview

In this major and minor, students learn about, analyze, and apply:

  • Intersectionality
    How categories of identity (race, class, gender, age, ability, sexuality, nationality, etc.) and structures of inequality are historically and currently experienced, represented, and resisted by people
  • Transnational Feminisms
    How the theoretical issues examined through intersectional feminism are produced in specific cultural global contexts
  • Gender
    How gender operates in our lives—as women, men, and those for whom those categories do not apply

West Chester University offers a major (30 credits) and a minor (18 credits) in Women's and Gender Studies. To declare a major or minor, email Chair E.Simon Ruchti at ERuchti@wcupa.edu or stop by the office at Wayne Hall #736