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Women's and Gender Studies Department

Women's and Gender Studies engages students in a critical understanding of the complex ways gender shapes the world around them, particularly in relation to race, sexuality, class, and other social factors.

Women's and Gender Studies invites all students to participate in a vibrant interdisciplinary program of study that places women at the center of traditional disciplines. It encourages the critical examination of academic fields such as the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the arts as well as the gendered assumptions that underwrite them.

Our mission is to foster a vigorous intellectual environment where students can develop their analytical thinking skills and conceptual tools for social change.


  • Tue, 09 Mar 2021 17:00:00 -0800
    Featuring an eclectic collection of films showcasing the range and talents of Francophone cinema, this year’s selection offers internationally acclaimed films from renowned...
  • Tue, 09 Mar 2021 17:00:00 -0800
    Varda by Agnès, the last film by the late great Agnès Varda, is a typically joyous, digressive, and revealing ramble through the director’s work, based on a series of lectures...
The Salton Sea
California's Salton Sea poses an environmental dilemma that some describe as an unsolvable problem. Prof. Traci Voyles says simplistic solutions probably won’t help.