Gender Studies

Gender is political.  It's cultural.  It's complex.  Whether we recognize it or not, we experience, reinforce and disrupt social expectations about masculinity, femininity, sex, sexuality, and sexual identities every day.  A host of other identity categories (age, race, ability and disability, size, ethnicity, and class, among others) also contribute to how we experience "gender."

SRU offers a minor in Gender Studies that explores all of these intersections and which recognizes the messy but also fascinating concepts of gender.  The minor is interdisciplinary, pulling from courses and departments from across the university, and thus complements and enriches every major and minor.    One question we're asked often is whether or not men can or should adopt the minor.  Absolutely.  As noted above, we're all affected by gender norms, and critical inquiry into how and why those norms are created and maintained can enrich everyone.  In fact, we recently changed the name of the minor and program from "Women's Studies" to "Gender Studies" to reflect the breadth and inclusivity of our curriculum and our programmatic scope. 

SRU has a Gender Studies committee, which meets three times a semester and includes faculty, staff, administrators and students.  If you are interested in participating, send an email to  We'd love to have you join us and to benefit from your input and perspective.

SRU also has a Gender Studies Program that hosts events through the academic year.  Check out our Gender Studies Events link for more information about upcoming programming.