Women's and Gender Studies at Providence College

Why Study Women’s and Gender Studies at Providence College?
At Providence College, women’s and gender studies is a rigorous and interdisciplinary program that places women’s lives, perspectives, and experiences at the center of inquiry. Students actively and reflexively learn about women’s diverse lived realities, struggles, and contributions through the lenses of race, class, gender, sexuality, culture, ethnicity, age, physical condition, and nationality.

The program’s interdisciplinary framework offers students the exciting and expansive opportunity to study women and gender in contemporary, historical, national, and global contexts and to immerse themselves in a wide array of fields across the social and natural sciences, the humanities, and the arts. The Women’s and Gender Studies Program also boasts a generous space on campus, inclusive of our own media and literary resources, and one that can be used for small gatherings and meetings of students and faculty, and for group and individual study. 

What you'll study

The major requires the completion of 10 women’s studies courses, including Introduction to Women’s Studies, the Senior Capstone Seminar, and eight electives distributed across the social and natural sciences, the humanities, and the arts. The program of study is innovative and interdisciplinary, with a focus on analyzing the lives, achievements, and experiences of women (past and present) across the academic disciplines. There is also a strong focus on the diversity of women’s experiences across age, race, ethnic groups, social class, and physical condition.

Women’s and Gender Studies Minor 
The women’s studies minor requires the completion of six women’s studies courses, including Introduction to Women’s Studies, the senior capstone seminar, and four elective courses distributed across the social sciences and the humanities.

Selected Courses

  • African American Women  
  • Masculinity, Femininity, & The Body in Popular Culture  
  • Gender and Politics  
  • Black Feminist Filmmakers  
  • Gender, Medicine, and Care  
  • Feminism, History and Popular Culture  
  • Gender, Health, and Technology  
  • Race, Gender and Public Policy  
  • Women and Crime  
  • Women and Mass Media 

Faculty

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program offers students an exciting choice of courses every semester. These courses are taught by an enthusiastic and dedicated faculty who represent a wide array of disciplines in the humanities, the social and natural sciences, and in the fine arts. Women’s studies faculty are passionate teachers, committed to working closely with students and to supporting them in the process of identifying and achieving their goals, both inside and outside of the classroom.

The women’s studies faculty are published in prestigious professional and literary journals, and frequently present their research findings and literary and artistic work at national and international conferences, including the annual meetings of the National Women’s Studies Association.  

ENGAGED LEARNING

Women's studies capstone

 

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program is designed to encourage active learning and critical thinking inside and outside of the classroom. The program organizes and supports, in collaboration with multiple departments, programs, and student groups and organizations, a robust schedule of lectures, discussions, panels, screenings, and workshops on campus each year.

The women’s and gender studies curriculum also offers students the opportunity to participate in women- and gender-centered community organizations off campus.  

89%

of 2016-2020 interdisciplinary program graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school

*Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.


  • 55% are employed only
  • 22% are attending school only
  • 13% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • BlueGrace Logistics
  • Broadridge Financial Solutions  
  • Claims Bureau USA Inc.
  • ClearCompany  
  • Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)  
  • DialogueDirect  
  • Elementary and secondary schools throughout the United States  
  • Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation  
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Progressive Insurance  
  • Teach for America
  • The Media Kitchen
  • U.S. Army  

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University  
  • Duke University
  • Marquette Law
  • Providence College  
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Suffolk University  
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Villanova University