Enriching and Relevant Classroom Experiences
"I think a minor in W/GS is important for a couple of reasons. I think it makes connections across a multitude of disciplines that enhances a student's ability to think at an advanced critical level. It teaches students to read and experience the world around them more critically because of its emphasis on looking at the subtextual information and the politics behind seemingly "un-political" issues. It exposes students to an on-going, largely ignored or accepted social injustice that is inherent in our society that affects them. I think that's key—that the issues we discuss specifically affect their lives every day (male or female). Finally, there is a rigor to feminist/queer scholarship (because it is not universally accepted) that teaches them to be more rigorous in their expectations and abilities argument-wise."
Experiences Beyond the Classroom
"I have had the chance to have many great W/GS related experiences. Last year, I acted in the Vagina Monologues, playing a transgender person. I also helped to coordinate a fundraiser for Family Abuse Services last spring with Elon Volunteers! This fall, I am co-authoring a paper with one of my sociology professors and fellow W/GS minors that is for the Association of Humanist Sociologists. This paper will be about how HIV/AIDS in Africa is a feminist issue."
Life Changing Experiences
"I've been volunteering with Family Abuse Services in Burlington over this past summer. This is not part of any academic requirement, but something I simply wanted to become involved in because I felt strongly about the cause. It's allowed me to work in an office full of women who are dedicated to eradicating violence against women and their children. It's been an incredible learning experience which has brought depth to my understanding of the W/GS minor."
Why minor in Women's/Gender Studies?
"In terms of why I chose to become a W/GS minor/major, there are many reasons. First of all, gender and sexuality constantly surround us as human beings. Instead of being more or less indifferent to it, why not learn about it? Taking W/GS courses has completely changed my world view...I look at the world with a completely different lens. The professors in the program are true intellectuals and are challenging academically. I like W/GS because it involves praxis...learning about the theories and experiences of diverse people and then putting it into action in my daily life. W/GS involves social justice and I am very much interested in the fight for equal justice for all."
What Some of Our Minors Are Doing . . .
W/GS minors end up on a variety of career paths. Many go on to graduate school, including law school, Ph. D. programs in psychology, graduate programs in media studies, creative writing programs and library science programs. Others have joined Americorps, the Peace Corps, and Teach for America, while others have gone directly into the professional world. A W/GS minor is a valuable resource, no matter what your plans for the future.
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