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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


First-Year Spanish Student Presents Research at Academic Excellence Conference
Alumna Edits Letter from Aleppo Author
Keene State Sociology Alumna Educating Community on Health Needs
Meet the New Faculty: Taneem Husain, Women’s and Gender Studies
Documenting Diaries of Local Women Farmers

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Keene, New Hampshire 03435

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