Social injustices are as old as society itself. Discrimination and violence based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality have mobilized a new generation of activists. Our women, gender and sexuality studies program aims to empower students with the tools necessary to interrogate power hierarchies, combat social inequities and fight for the dignity of individuals.
By design, our minor in women, gender and sexuality studies is student-driven. Students in the program work with faculty in their field of expertise to develop an interdisciplinary curriculum tailored to their desired focus.
Our program strives to rigorously but sensitively deal with major issues in the world. While some courses draw on current events as the basis for discussion, the power structures of people oppressing other people is a timeless problem. By reading theoretical texts in the introductory course, students develop the vocabulary to help fight oppression, open their minds to seeing new solutions and develop ways of understanding the injustices they’ve seen or experienced.
Life After Salve
As a minor, our women, gender and sexuality studies program is perfectly tailored to support majors across a wide range of subjects in the humanities and liberal arts, social sciences and professional programs such as nursing, education and social work. Our recent graduates are working in organizations such as Child & Family and the Rhode Island Governor’s Office, while others are pursuing graduate study in fields such as international relations.
The minor is a great complement to my social work major. I knew in middle school that I wanted to do social work after graduating. I feel that, although some great strides have been made, there are still many minority groups in need of equity and equality. The women, gender and sexuality studies minor gives that direct focus to compliment my broad social work topics.
Kaylyn Bettencourt, women, gender and sexuality studies minor