Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago

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About Us

Gender and Women's Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of gender constructions and sexual identities, their intersections with other social categories such as race and class, and economic and political implications of gender and sexual differences both in the U.S. and across the globe. Gender and Women's Studies analyzes the political contexts, histories, and interconnections of movements for social justice with a commitment to engaged scholarship that can change individual lives and transform institutions.

Academic inquiry into changing gender practices and representations of gender and sexuality allows students to understand themselves and their relationships with others and helps them make informed choices about their own lives. It provides solid grounding for active engagement in the university and community.

Further, a major, minor or graduate concentration in Gender and Women's Studies provides valuable background for students who plan to pursue a wide variety of careers, academic, activist, and professional.

Gender and Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary field of teaching and research that explores issues related to women and gender across academic disciplines by examining:

  • The operation of gender in culture, society, politics, economics, and history
  • Construction and interaction of the categories of gender, race, class, ethnic, and sexual identities
  • The ways in which gendered social structures affects individual and group psychology and behavior
  • Moral and political issues related to the changing gender practices
  • Gay, lesbian, and transgender studies and queer theory
  • The effects of cultural formations on our understanding of gender
  • New methods of creating and transforming knowledge and learning