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  • Beatriz Urraca, PhD

    • Director, Gender & Women's Studies
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 323
    • tel: 610-499-1112

Gender and Women’s Studies

Why Widener?

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Rigorous Academics

The gender and women’s studies program offers an interdisciplinary, personalized curriculum—students focus on the subjects that interest them the most. Core courses survey feminist pedagogy, research methods, and scholarship. Available electives include Domestic Violence; Literature of the Gay and Lesbian Experience; The Family; Women and Development in Latin America; Masculinities; Women Writers; Gender and Communication; and more. These classes explore gender roles as cultural and cross-cultural concepts to develop an awareness of how gender impacts social structures and systems.

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Expert Faculty

Faculty members come from a number of departments across the university, from history and English to social work and economics. Students can also work closely with their professors on research projects. For example, computer science students researched female underrepresentation in their field, a French student presented at a conference on the work of writer Mireille Best, and a social work student published an article on gender in the workplace.

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Co-Curricular Opportunities

The options for enhanced learning are rich and diverse. Students in the program have the opportunity to engage with faculty and classmates outside of the classroom. We offer lectures by internationally renowned speakers, student activism opportunities, and a film series on Widener’s campus. There is also a study abroad trip to Puebla, Mexico, to work with indigenous women’s cooperatives and NGOs.

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Tiffini Lanza


I couldn't be an effective social worker without my experience in gender and women's studies. This education allowed me to open my eyes to the world in a completely different way. I was able to learn not only about people but also their specific experiences without just seeing their gender representation.

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Study Abroad in Mexico

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Widener students traveled to developing areas within the state of Puebla, Mexico, as part of the course Women & Development in Latin America.

Potential Careers

  • Public administration at all levels of government
  • Nonprofit leadership, (e.g., social services agencies, advocacy organizations)
  • Graduate programs in business, law, medicine, and social work
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Guidance counselor
  • Corporate training
  • Business management and consulting (e.g., employee relations, diversity, sustainability)