Program Director: Derek Bedenbaugh, Ph.D.
Available in the Day College.
The interdisciplinary minor offered through the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at Columbia College encourages students to recognize how gender and women’s studies in theory and in practice serve as powerful tools of social transformation on both a local and global scale. As its curriculum demonstrates, the program brings the question of gender formation to the forefront of critical interdisciplinary investigations through the combination of academic study and experiential learning. Gender as it intersects with other crucial components of identity construction - such as sexuality, ethnicity, class, nationality, religion, and age - is explored through such differing and yet complementary perspectives as literature, sociology, psychology, philosophy, history, political science, art, and dance, to name only a few.