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Ashley Bettancourt Women and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies


Women’s and gender studies is an interdisciplinary program in which students engage in exploration of gender issues and social justice.

This program will teach you to think critically about the social construction of identity and the politics of knowledge production. You’ll use these critical-thinking skills to understand people’s lives within a global context and analyze the systems of oppression that contribute to continuing economic, political, and cultural inequalities. Students in women’s and gender studies are also offered:

  • A mix of interesting academic courses and an activist focus
  • Perspectives with real-world relevance nationally and globally
  • Opportunities to do real research with faculty
  • A community of feminism, around feminist issues
  • Service learning opportunities
  • Learning that complements many other majors

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Career and Other Opportunities

The women’s and gender studies major and minor offer students an education that prepares them for a variety of careers and multitude of employment paths, including:

  • education
  • history
  • health, law
  • media
  • public relations
  • human resources
  • social and governmental service
  • policy work
  • political advocacy


Keene State Women’s and Gender Studies students have experiences that prepare them for meaningful careers, of course, but also for a lifetime of thinking critically and navigating the world around them – beginning with their lives on campus, and continuing out into the communities they build and live in.

Women’s and Gender Studies students gain critical skills: They learn to organize; to communicate complex ideas about social justice, theories, and frameworks; and to powerfully challenge stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

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