Gender and Women’s Studies

Gender and Women's Studies

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Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program that centers on issues of gender, sexuality, and the ways gender and sexuality shape human experience through history and across cultures. Students work closely with GWS faculty in discussion-centered courses and independent research projects. Our students become critical and creative thinkers, able to analyze gender through interdisciplinary connections and multiple cultural perspectives.  GWS graduates bring their knowledge of gender and their analytical abilities to other academic fields, to graduate and professional programs, and to a wide range of careers.

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Student Research

Recent capstone projects include:

  • “Danger Zones and Gendered Zones: Rape Culture”
  • “Treating Trauma Based on Gender: Improvements for Transgender and Non-binary Individuals”
  • “Black Matriarchy”

Graduate School

GWS majors and minors have earned advanced degrees in a variety of fields from institutions including the London School of Economics, Northeastern University, University of Texas, Brown University, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, American University, Carnegie-Mellon University, Vanderbilt University, Bowling Green State University, West Virginia University, and Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs.


GWS majors and minors have achieved success in business, communications, counseling, the creative arts, higher education, law, medicine, nonprofit management, politics, public health, publishing, social work, teaching, and many other fields.

Gender and Women’s Studies Faculty

Carolyn Kyler, Ph.D. portrait

Program Chair

Carolyn Kyler, Ph.D.

Office: DAVS 01 Degrees: Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo; Sc.M Brown University; B.S. Allegheny College Areas of Study Carolyn Kyler is a professor in the Department of English and director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. She teaches a range of courses in American literature, African-American literature and American women writers. Some recent courses taught are…


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