Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
You can’t check a news source without seeing or hearing stories about women’s issues. It is one of the hottest topics worldwide, as women protest government mandates against their right to health care and education, among other topics. You don’t have to be a woman to feel the impact of these issues.
Bryant’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies concentration and minor offer an interdisciplinary approach that encourages students to challenge conventional knowledge, evaluate the distribution of power, think critically, and respond intellectually to diverse viewpoints. The minor integrates the fields of communication, history, legal studies, literary and cultural studies, psychology, science, and sociology.
In this program, you will explore the origins of women’s studies, the shift to questioning the social construction of gender, and the emergence of scholarly investigations of sexual identities. Formerly a minor in Women’s Studies, the program has evolved to analyze how gender and sexuality continue to shape society.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
With a concentration or a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, you will learn to think critically about privilege, power, stereotypes, and discrimination, which is valuable in the marketplace as organizations address issues of globalization and diversity. This program complements courses of study in the liberal arts, sciences, and business. You may pursue a career in education, law, public policy, human resources, and a variety of other professions. You will also be well prepared for graduate studies in a number of fields.
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty span the disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences, from biology and history to literature and social sciences. Faculty encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of the biological, psychological, social, and cultural forces that shape gender and sexual identity, and analyze how various conceptions of gender and sexuality might reinforce or disrupt social structures.
OPENING STUDENTS’ EYES
Thomas Roach, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies
Roach, coordinator of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, is described as an amazing and passionate teacher. He is also the fiction and media editor for the annual Bryant Literary Review. In his book, Friendship as a Way of Life: Foucault, AIDS, and the Politics of Shared Estrangement, Roach explores philosophies of friendship – from Aristotle’s definition to his own exploration of friendships as anti-institutional and foundational to political activism, specifically AIDS activism. His long list of intellectual contributions range from authoring journal articles to a review essay titled “Reflections on the Gay Questions.”
WOMEN’S ISSUES ADVOCATE
Rocina Dalzell ‘13
Coordinator, Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition
Dalzell is an avid advocate for women’s issues, especially for those women infected or affected by HIV.
As an undergraduate, she worked with the Hochberg Women’s Center and other on-campus groups such as the Alliance for Women’s Awareness, the Student Arts and Speaker Series, and the evangelical Fellowship of the Unashamed.
Her work with the Youth Justice Board in New York City created 14 policy recommendations to improve the outcome of youth in foster care, earning her a spot among the 162 Newman Civic Fellows nationwide in 2012.
Research on LGBTQ issues
Stephanie Griffith ‘13
Bryant's first concentrator in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
In this video, Stephanie Griffith '13, describes the path that led her to become Bryant's first graduate to concentrate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and to her research -- supported by faculty and the Hochberg Women's Center -- that turned a spotlight on the campus climate as it relates to homophobia and LGBTQ issues.
After graduating, Stephanie moved to Columbus, Ohio, where she hopes to integrate what she has learned into her marketing career and her volunteer work with the LGBTQ community.