Women and Gender Studies Department
Women and Gender Studies is a relatively new field of study, having been introduced in the 1970s in response to the women's movement of the sixties, which asked that higher education integrate the study of women and gender into the curriculum. Women and Gender Studies at Hunter College is an interdisciplinary academic department that seeks to preserve, expand, and share knowledge about women and gender. The department's mission is to re-examine the historical record to make visible women's contributions to the world's knowledge and cultures. It aims, through a focus on women's experiences, to open fresh perspectives throughout the curriculum. The Women and Gender Studies Department seeks to create an understanding of the ways in which gender intersects with race, religion, class, ethnicity, ability,and sexual orientation to shape all human experience, including the pursuit of learning. As an ever-evolving and dynamic field of study, Women and Gender Studies offers a wide variety of courses. This is possible because of the large number of cross-listed courses that the department shares with many departments throughout the college.
Women and Gender Studies Resource room and library (HW 1736) is open to all women and gender studies students to use. Students are welcome to use the space for meetings, group discussions, or to chill out between classes. There is a computer and printer available for limited use. Please do not take books out of the WGS library. Please respect the space and keep it clean.
As of Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Women and Gender Studies is officially a department. Thirty-five (35) years after its creation, the Women and Gender Studies Program at Hunter, former women's college, and one of the largest degree-granting entities of its kind in the country was unanimously voted by the Hunter College Senate to become a department. Wednesday, October 23, 2013, was a historic day! We want to express our deepest gratitude to so many of you who have struggled with us for so many years to achieve the stability and recognition we deserve at Hunter.
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