Women's and Gender Studies
Students in the Women’s and Gender Studies program engage in critical discussion about issues of gender equity, racial equality and social justice. Students examine contemporary issues and gain real-world experience with community organizations under the guidance of caring, committed and knowledgeable faculty.
Women’s and Gender Studies faculty not only contribute to scholarship but also serve on committees and boards of nonprofits, and guest lecture and volunteer with community service agencies. Students have the opportunity to engage with faculty in research and service having a positive impact for women and men in South Carolina.
The program is interdisciplinary – offering courses on topics ranging from women’s health, to literature, to globalization.
Through the Women’s Well-Being Initiative, a coalition of faculty, students and community members, the Women’s and Gender Studies program is actively engaged in improving the overall well-being of women and girls statewide. Some of its activities have included school-based literacy initiatives, an on-going collaboration with the Juvenile Arbitration Program of Lexington County to provide an arts program for at-risk girls, outreach and educational initiatives with the local Hispanic population, and oral history projects aimed at gathering and disseminating community members’ experiences and perspectives.
Community leaders on the Women’s and Gender Studies Partnership Council provide additional expertise on important community issues and opportunities for students to serve.
Students leave the program with practical experience for careers in healthcare, teaching, law, criminal justice, higher education, journalism, social work or business.