227 Minor Hall
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400172
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4172
(434) 982-2961 Fax: (434) 924-6969
Overview Studies in Women and Gender is an interdisciplinary program that seeks to analyze history and culture from women’s perspectives and to deepen the methods of academic pursuit by acknowledging the critical place of gender. By examining issues raised in the program, students develop a fuller sense of their options as human beings, living as we do in a culture divided by gender stereotyping that defines and limits both women and men. Offering a critical perspective, this program encourages a reexamination of traditional methods and concepts, supports new kinds of research, and allows students to better understand the changing roles and behavior of women and men in the contemporary world.
The program seeks to continue integrating the categories “gender” and “woman” into the curriculum by offering an ever-widening range of courses in all disciplines with a specific goal of broadening representation in traditionally under-represented fields of science and in new scholarly endeavors of modern media and film studies.
Currently, the program is offering 121 primary courses and eighty-one adjunct courses through a total of twenty departments and programs, including: African American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Drama, English, French, German, History, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Slavic, and Sociology.
Faculty The Studies in Women and Gender Program has four joint appointments: the Director, Farzaneh Milani (with Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures); Ann J. Lane (with Department of History); Ellen Fuller (with Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures); and Denise Walsh (with Department of Politics), futhermore; Tiffany Gilbert, Karlin Luedtke, and Rina Williams offer courses every semester. Together with the many other faculty whose courses are cross-listed, they represent a range of scholarly and teaching interests that explore gender and women’s issues from various disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Aside from regular advising activities, faculty members meet with majors and minors at formal as well as informal gatherings.Students There are currently fifty three studies in women and gender majors and seventeen minors. Many students choose a second major, and English, anthropology, and religious studies are among the most preferred. Non-majors and minors are also encouraged to explore the program’s courses to enrich their other academic interests.