/ Women's and Gender Studies

Degree Programs

The Women’s and Gender Studies major and minor are interdisciplinary programs.

Both programs draw on resources and departments in the humanities and social sciences. Classes are discussion-based and knowledge gained is both intellectual and experiential in nature.

By completing a degree in Women's and Gender Studies, students develop insights and skills to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression in communities, institutions, organizations, families, and relationships. Specifically, students will:

  • Understand the impact of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, ableness and class in defining self and worldview
  • Replace subordination/domination and dependence/exploitation with feminist awareness and critique, to reveal underlying assumptions
  • Move from being objects of study to be subjects and researchers with a voice of your own
  • Examine what women have done, are doing and will do
  • Seek a link between voice, empowerment, self-esteem and critical thinking

Program Outcomes

Hope College students completing a Women’s and Gender Studies degree will:

  • Demonstrate an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural understanding of the creation, meaning, function and perpetuation of gender in human societies, both past and present
  • Acquire and demonstrate competence in critical thinking, writing and oral expression within the field of women’s and gender studies
  • Cultivate intrapersonal awareness and interpersonal skills needed to be competent global citizens
  • Understand feminist research methods and apply them to scholarship and praxis on topics related to women, gender and/or sexuality
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the intersection of feminism and the historic Christian faith

Women's and Gender Studies Student