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Women's and Gender Studies

Dr. Sharon Sullivan, Director

The Washburn University Women’s and Gender Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program devoted to encouraging research on women and gender, sponsoring events focused on issues relevant to women and gender, and promoting outreach across the campus and to the larger community. Women’s and Gender Studies explores the connections between race and ethnicity, class, sexual identity and gender as they impact women’s and men’s lives in a variety of cultural contexts. Courses critically examine the social, historical, psychological, literary, artistic, philosophic, and biological roles of women and gender while seeking to provide a fuller understanding of the multidimensional nature of personhood. Emphasizing the connections between theory and practice, Women’s and Gender Studies encourages applied learning through internships, community involvement projects, research, and service learning courses. This minor is coordinated by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, contact the minor director, Dr. Sharon Sullivan, in the Theatre Department and see the “Interdisciplinary Academic Programs” section in the catalog.