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Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies

This interdisciplinary field, at the intersection of identity studies including race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, and religion, teaches students to think critically about the social origins and related politics of identity. Experiential learning and capstone projects help students work toward social justice and advocacy.

Program Overview

"I would recommend this major to anyone, because it promotes independence, intelligence, and the courage to take your life in a path you believe in."
Chloe Marchand '14

Are you fascinated with people who look for creative ways to change the world? Do you love the exchange of ideas between teachers and students how to be an engaged citizen? Women’s and Gender Studies at Keene State may be a good fit for you.

Discover Women’s and Gender Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that prepares dynamic professionals who look for new ways of problem solving. 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. 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

Women’s and Gender Studies Courses

What Do Women’s and Gender Studies Graduates Do?

The Women’s and Gender Studies Major and Minor offers students an interdisciplinary liberal arts education that prepares them for a variety of careers and multitude of employment paths, including: Education, history, health, law, media, public relations and human resources, social and governmental service, policy work, and political advocacy. A student with a bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies will be well prepared for graduate studies as well as other post-graduate work.

Our Students

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.

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Our Faculty

Our core faculty come from a wide range of disciplines, with a wide range of perspectives. In addition, Women’s and Gender Studies classes are taught by affiliated faculty across campus who can address issues within their own frameworks and disciplines.

WGS Faculty Listing


Bryanna Weigel
April 24, 2017 –

Bryanna Weigel ‘21 is transitioning into college life, and she brought her passion for Latin culture with her to Keene State. Now by finding opportunities at the College, she’s taking her interest in South America even further.

After spending two years abroad in Peru after graduating from high school, where…

Jahleh Ghanbari ’08
January 10, 2017 –

The recent atrocities in Aleppo have drawn worldwide condemnation. While many view the prolonged Syrian Civil War from afar, Keene State alumna Jahleh Ghanbari ’08 got the opportunity to experience the culture of the city and its notable lost literary history after its walls lay in ruin. Ghanbari, an English…

LeeAnn Clark ’11
December 22, 2016 –

The Keene State Sociology Program helps prepare students for a variety of careers after graduation, from social work to community outreach, as well as continued education in master’s and doctoral programs. LeeAnn Clark ’11, a Sociology major and Womens’ and Gender Studies minor, has this to say about her experience…

Keene State's new assistant professor of...
October 4, 2016 –

Identity formation has long been established as an important developmental goal of students during their college years. As a young Muslim woman attending the University of Maryland, Taneem Husain not only explored her own identity, but began looking at how Muslims were being portrayed in the media. “In those classes…

The student transcribers in Dr. Ergun's WGS...
June 13, 2016 –

Students in Keene State College’s women’s and gender studies program are helping people learn more about the life and plight of local women farmers at the turn of the 20th century.

Partnering with the Historical Society of Cheshire County, the students took part in a senior capstone project during the…

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Sarah Croitoru

Through the course of the semester I started to see these men [at Cheshire County Correctional Center] realize ‘Wait a minute, maybe things aren’t quite as they seem, maybe gender roles don’t have to be as stringent as they are."

Sarah Croitoru, Women's and Gender Studies