The gender studies department has four key Learning Aims for students taking courses and completing the major and minor.
- To understand how gender and sexuality operate in institutions, systems, organizations and the public sphere;
- To develop an understanding of genders and sexualities that emphasizes the histories, theorizing, and experiences of multiple communities, identities, and perspectives;
- To recognize the intersection of race, class, sexuality, gender, and the structural sources of privilege in the full range of human endeavors;
- To understand the diversity of women’s lives in the past and present, in local, national and global contexts;