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  • Beatriz Urraca, PhD

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

FAQs, Gender and Women’s Studies

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the gender and women’s studies major at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left) or schedule a visit.

Do you enjoy being challenged by questions no one has asked you before?

In pursuing gender and women’s studies, you will acquire the analytical skills needed to reevaluate social concepts that affect one’s personal identity, such as race, ethnicity, age, or disability and discover how they are all jointly affected by gender. You will better understand men’s and women’s lives through the lenses of a variety of disciplines and learn in a vibrant interdisciplinary environment that draws on a vast variety of perspectives that address larger issues of social justice. You will also benefit from small class sizes, personal attention from faculty and advisors, and connection to life-changing experiential learning, international travel courses, and leadership development opportunities.

What can you do with a major or minor in gender and women’s studies?

Men and women enrolled in Widener’s gender and women’s studies program enjoy a rich, integrated preparation for meaningful work in almost any field imaginable. Our graduates find successful careers in all professions, from public administration to nonprofit leadership, from graduate programs to education, from business management to consulting. Your background in this field will help you stand out in a pool of applicants as a well-rounded, engaged individual.

What are your options for studying abroad?

Study abroad programs range from an entire semester abroad or a summer abroad to shorter trips during the year. Study abroad allows students to practice their foreign language skills and become adept and experienced at navigating new situations and cultures. Students in gender and women’s studies may participate in the short-term travel course to Puebla, Mexico.

Can you double major?

The gender and women’s studies program is extremely flexible, making it possible for students to double major in almost any field offered by the university.