Overview

What are the career and graduate school options for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors from The College of Wooster?

Graduates of the WGSS program go in many directions after Wooster. Some have attended graduate school in women’s and gender studies, others have pursued graduate degrees in social work, library science, English, sociology, psychology, nurse-midwifery, and divinity. Their careers include working with NGOs for women’s rights, counseling in rape crisis centers, coordinating sex education programs for Planned Parenthood, teaching from pre-school through College. Whatever their chosen field, alums report the profound impact that their major/minor in WGSS has had on their view of the world, affecting everything from becoming politically active to the paid work they engage in to making choices about creating families and raising children.

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at The College of Wooster

The WGSS curriculum is based in feminist scholarship-both within traditional disciplines across the academic divisions and in response to questions that cannot be answered within the framework of a single discipline. To foster this interdisciplinary inquiry, the Women’s Studies Program was established in 1978 and has been built upon the feminist teaching, scholarship, and activism of faculty and students with a wide variety of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives. In the past few decades, the program has grown and evolved, changing its name to the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program in 2008 to recognize important changes within feminist scholarship.

Acknowledging this important history, WGSS courses retain Women’s Studies’ focus on examining previously unavailable information about the lives and contributions of women and analyzing the effects of cultural attitudes, power and inequality, and social structures on the experiences of women as they intersect with race, nation, ability, class, religion, and other axes of difference. In addition, feminist scholarship has recognized and explored commonalities between women’s oppression and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other sexual minorities worldwide, as well as the varied experiences of masculinity throughout the globe. In this vein, WGSS courses explore the cultural construction of sex, gender, and sexuality in the context of their relationship between theoretical and experiential knowledge and privileging historically marginalized voices. WGSS encourages scholarship and teaching that is committed to the feminist principle of creating a more just world for all.

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Faculty

Ahmet Atay

Ahmet Atay

Associate Professor of Communication Studies; Department Chair of Global Media & Digital Studies; Program Chair of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Co-Liaison to Digital Visual Storytelling Pathway

aatay@wooster.edu

Natasha Bissonauth

Natasha Bissonauth

Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (On leave 2021-22)

nbissonauth@wooster.edu

Christa Craven

Christa Craven

Dean for Faculty Development; Professor of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

ccraven@wooster.edu

Amber Garcia

Amber Garcia

Professor of Psychology, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

agarcia@wooster.edu

Jimmy Noriega

Jimmy Noriega

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Theatre and Dance; Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

jnoriega@wooster.edu

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Santha Schuch

Administrative Coordinator - Africana Studies, Archaeology, East Asian Studies, Middle Eastern & North African Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, South Asian Studies, Urban Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

sschuch@wooster.edu

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Scott St. Pierre

Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

sstpierre@wooster.edu

Zareen Thomas

Zareen Thomas

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

zthomas@wooster.edu

Ziying You

Ziying You

Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies; East Asian Studies; Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

zyou@wooster.edu


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Major

A major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies consists of 11 courses spanning history, communications, and women and gender studies.

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Minor

A minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies consists of six courses spanning history, communications, and women and gender studies.

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Independent Study

Majors explore their own research questions relating to gender and sexuality. In their Jr. Independent Study seminar, Doing Feminist Research, WGSS majors, minors, and other students who plan to pursue feminist research in their I.S. are introduced to feminist research methods as well as distinctive feminist critical approaches to issues in the social sciences, natural sciences, and the humanities. In their senior year, working under the guidance of a faculty member, students explore their own research for the Independent Study project.

Recent I.S. Projects

  • a study of fat positive feminism in blogs
  • an analysis of novels about eating disorders published in the U.S. and France
  • an investigation of feminist Bible study techniques in South Africa
  • a study of masculinity in the ex-gay movement
  • a cross-cultural feminist analysis of quinceañeras in Nicaragua & the U.S.
  • a study of charged comedy aimed at combatting racism, sexism & homophobia through stand-up comedy
  • a photovoice project with LGBTQ+ students on campus
  • the development of an augmented reality video game to teach students, staff & faculty about the experience of sexual assault survivors

 

 

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Alumni

Alumni of the WGSS program go in many directions after Wooster.

Some have attended graduate school in women’s and gender studies, others have pursued graduate degrees in social work, library science, English, sociology, psychology, nurse-midwifery, and divinity.

Their careers include working with NGOs for women’s rights, counseling in rape crisis centers, co-ordinating sex education programs for Planned Parenthood, teaching from pre-school through College, and one alum owns her own hula hoop company to promote positive body image!

Whatever their chosen field, alums report the profound impact that their major/minor in WGSS has had on their view of the world, affecting everything from becoming politically active to the paid work they engage in to making choices about creating families and raising children.


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