Varner Hall, Room 217
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
Director: Jo Reger (Sociology)
Women and Gender Studies Executive Committee: Courtney Brannon Donoghue (Cinema Studies), Amy DeBaets (OUWB Biomedical Sciences), Ami Harbin (Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies), Rebecca Mercado Jones (Communication and Journalism), Sanela Martic (Chemistry), Erin A. Meyers (Communication and Journalism), Michele Parkhill Purdie (Psychology), Anja Wieden (Modern Languages and Literatures)
Chief adviser: Jo Reger (Sociology)
Women and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of the dynamics of gender, sex and power. Particular attention is given to differences among women in various social and cultural contexts, the representation of women in literature, art and the media, and the conditions that promote and impede women’s progress. In addition, women and gender studies puts gender, what it means to be feminine or masculine, a man or a woman, at the center of the analysis. This includes questioning how gender shapes societal participation, privileges, statuses, and experiences. Women and gender studies uses feminist methodologies and theories to describe and analyze the impact of social movements, historical events, public policy and other social forces on women and men. Specific attention is given to how gender intersects with race-ethnicity, class, sex, sexual identity, national identity and religion.
To be a candidate for honors in women and gender studies, students must be graduating seniors who have taken a minimum of 20 credits of their women and gender studies major course work at Oakland University and have earned a minimum GPA of 3.60 in that coursework with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0.
PA 5500 and PA 6500 are graduate level courses open to undergraduate students with instructor, and women and gender studies director permission.