Women's and Gender Studies at PLU
Women’s and Gender Studies explores the role of gender and sexuality in society and culture. Our students gain and express a more sophisticated understanding of gender, sexual identity, and feminisms and apply these ideas in a variety of academic disciplines. Students also examine gender and sexuality alongside such factors as class, nationality, ethnicity, religion, and race.
Reflecting the importance of dialogue and collaboration in feminism, students who take Women’s and Gender Studies courses learn to understand gender-related social inequities and identify forms of active citizenship that can reduce such inequities. Students also consider the ways in which traditional social institutions such as religion, arts, science, law, education, medicine, and the family have been shaped by, and reflect, specific understandings of gender and sexuality.
The Women’s and Gender Studies program gives students the important tools, resources, and language needed for personal empowerment and civic engagement. PLU Women’s and Gender Studies graduates are prepared to pursue social justice creatively and effectively in their own ways. Our graduates are making positive changes in the way gender and sexual identity are understood globally in the 21st century.