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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Women and Gender Studies Program

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(248) 370-2154

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Director: Jo Reger (Sociology)

Women and Gender Studies Executive Committee:  Fabia Ursula Battistuzzi (Biological Sciences), Ami Harbin (Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies), Lan Jiang (Biology), Laura Landolt (Political Science), Jennifer Lucarelli (Health Sciences), Valerie Palmer-Mehta (Communication), George Sanders (Sociology), Robert Sidelinger (Communication), Anne Switzer (Kresge Library)

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, 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, class, sex, sexual identity, national identity and religion.

Program honors

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. In addition, a letter of reference is required concerning the student’s volunteer involvement in a service activity relevant to women’s issues.

Additional information

PA 510 and PA 511 are graduate level courses open to undergraduate students with instructor, and women and gender studies director permission.



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