Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

Overview

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary and multicultural series of courses that explore and question the intersections of gender, sexuality, culture, ethnicity, social class and race. Courses are taught by faculty members from various departments and fields of study and provide a critical framework to explore the significance of gender (along with race, sexuality, and class) in the shaping of women’s and men’s lives. The program focuses on the recovery of women’s contributions in a variety of fields, on women’s and men’s roles in society across cultures, and especially on critical questions about gender neutrality in the shaping of culture.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program complements any course of studies and prepares you well for any career in the arts, sciences and technology, health professions, business, law, social and community service, and education.

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Faculty members from across RIT contribute to Women’s and Gender Studies

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Women’s and Gender Studies courses offered

Faculty / Staff

Rebecca DeRoo headshot
Associate Professor
Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture
College of Liberal Arts
585-475-4181

Past Directors

Tina Lent headshot
Professor
Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture
College of Liberal Arts
585-475-2460
Rebecca DeRoo headshot
Associate Professor
Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture
College of Liberal Arts
585-475-4181
Tina Lent headshot
Professor
Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture
College of Liberal Arts
585-475-2460
Stacy Derooy headshot
Director of Title IX & Clery Compliance
Compliance and Ethics
Finance and Administration
Adjunct Faculty
585-475-7158
Lisa Hermsen headshot
Caroline Werner Gannett Prof Humanities
Dean’s Office
College of Liberal Arts
Professor
585-475-4553
Uli Linke headshot
Department Chair
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts
Professor
585-475-4389

Minors and Immersions

The women’s and gender studies immersion allows students to explore the significance of gender as it intersects with racial, ethnic, religious, national, class, sexuality, and dis/ability-based identities, past and present. The immersion introduces critical analysis and knowledge-building methods drawn from fields such as women's and gender studies, feminist theories, critical race studies, queer studies, social justice work, and activism. Courses build knowledge about the personal, social, cultural, economic, and historical dynamics that inform gender and intersecting social categories. It provides valuable skills and experiences applying these different lenses to real-world interactions with diverse individuals and communities, to current social challenges that impact multiple parties, and with an eye to improving equity and fair outcomes for everyone concerned.

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The women’s and gender studies minor provides a critical framework to explore the significance of gender—as it intersects with racial, ethnic, religious, national, class, sexuality, and disability-based identities, past and present. Course builds knowledge about the personal, social, cultural, economic, and historical dynamics that inform gender and intersecting social categories. The minor builds fluency with critical analysis and knowledge-building methods drawn from women's and gender studies, feminist theories, critical race studies, queer studies, social justice work, and activism. The minor also provides valuable skills and experience applying these different lenses to real-world interactions with diverse individuals and communities to current social challenges that impact multiple parties, and with an eye to improving equity and fair outcomes for everyone concerned. Students will learn how to analyze and question power relations in all their rich complexities, locally, and globally.

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