The mission of the Ethnic and Gender Studies Program combines an academic minor (or concentration) with a commitment to public programming. Ethnic and Gender Studies is a part of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Ethnic and Gender Studies are interdisciplinary fields which span the traditionally separate humanities areas of art, drama, film, folklore, history, literature, music, religion; explore the social and political problem faced by minorities and women; and investigate race and gender issues in the study of the sciences.
Some Ethnic/Gender Studies courses illuminate the role of minorities and/or women in history and culture as depicted in one or more established academic fields. Other courses present new analysis and interpretations of particular cultural or gender-based experiences by using the methodologies and perspectives obtained from a synthesis of two or more discrete disciplines.
As an interdisciplinary program of study Ethnic/Gender Studies seeks to provide intensive educational experiences which will foster in their students a deep understanding of the ramifications of the issues of race, ethnicity, and gender in our lives. To support the broadest possible educational experience for students, the E/GS program sponsors public programming which brings outstanding speakers and events to campus, focusing on issues of gender and diversity. In addition we sponsor a Lunchtime Lecture series at which faculty interests in ethnic and gender studies are shared with the campus community. Check out our Calendar of Events for upcoming programs.