Gender and Women's Studies BA

The gender and women’s studies program draws upon the best faculty in a wide range of scholarly disciplines, offering you a comprehensive choice of courses from which to tailor a degree that meets your needs and interests.


The curriculum explores the diverse experiences, perspectives, culture, history and significant contributions of women. This interdisciplinary major is designed to develop a broad understanding of the study of gender and women, investigate women's contributions in all areas of academic scholarship, and explore the relationship between cultural definitions of feminine and masculine behaviors and the realities of women's and men's lives. Choose from core or concentration courses to design programs that fit your specific interests and career orientation.

Take advantage of opportunities for learning beyond the traditional classroom by applying for internships, independent studies and seminars under the mentoring of an academic adviser. The program collaborates closely with the Women’s Center, a student organization that puts classroom instruction into practice. Get involved the annual Women Aloud program of performers, poets and speakers that raises funds for scholarships in this program.


Bachelor of Arts


  • Synthesize and analyze diverse perspectives
  • Access and synthesize knowledge in gender and women's studies scholarship
  • Identity and analyze systems of domination that constrain men's and women's lives in multiple contexts, such as the workplace, the household, education and academic inquiry
  • Describe and analyze the history of feminist movements and of gender and women's studies as an academic field of inquiry

Career Opportunities

  • Counseling
  • Therapy
  • Social work
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Advocacy
  • Non-profit work

Program Resources

The Oswego Guarantee

  • Timely course offerings
  • High touch connections to alumni
  • Small student to faculty ratio
  • Limited room & board increases each year
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