Why choose gender and women's studies at North Central?
How does gender impact the world around us? By looking at research and its application to a wide range of topics, students observe the role that gender historically and culturally plays in policies, customs and practices. For instance, the practice of medicine has been shaped in recent years by the differences between men and women. As a result, women are routinely included in clinical research trials. Students will be introduced to research methods, theory and practical solutions for pressing concerns from domestic violence to micro-loans for women abroad. Fields like athletics, sociology, psychology, global studies, marketing and education all find value in the insights to human development, behavior, physical performance and consumer choice that gender and women’s studies provides, making it a perfect minor to complement most majors.
You can also:
- Participate in discussion groups on relevant topics like women and world religions, domestic violence, women's bodies and self-image or reproductive health care.
- Attend special presentations by visiting lecturers like Robert Jensen on "Masculinity, Pornography and the End of Empathy" or Krista Danis about "Free-Range Women and Liberated Beasts: the Animal/Women Connection."
- Design an individualized major in gender and women's studies as preparation for graduate school.