Main Hall 148
720 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19382
Dr. Simon Ruchti, Chair
For almost fifty years, Women's and Gender Studies at West Chester University has integrated the valuable life experiences of those people who have been traditionally neglected in academia:
We continue this tradition by encouraging our students to incorporate their own voices and experiences into their studies, which helps students understand their own identities in relation to society and culture. It is through this shared understanding that sustainable social change begins, develops, and perseveres.
One way change occurs is within your engagement with others. Today, employers seek people who can effectively address diverse issues and diverse people. Many disciplines teach you about the importance of diversity. Our program will not only do this, but will also teach you the language and skills you need to create and facilitate a respectful space for all of your future clients, patients, employees, or students.
Islam and Muslims are often under the media spotlight. In addition to offering a quick overview of Islam, the course delves into its history, customs, politics, and gender questions. The course also critically examines the popular media narratives about Islam and gender in the post-9/11 environment.
This class attempts to respond to these questions drawing from a range of critical perspectives, including Chicana and Boricua Feminist literature, Queer of Color Theory, Critical Race Theory, Feminist and Queer Migration Studies, Trans Studies, Latina/o Politics, and Border Studies.
What is Transfeminism? How do transfeminist theories help us think about gender? What do these theories mean for trans and gender expansive lives? These are just some of the questions we will consider - Join us!!
In this major and minor, students learn about, analyze, and apply:
West Chester University offers a major (30 credits) and a minor (18 credits) in Women's and Gender Studies. To declare a major or minor, email Chair Simon Ruchti at ERuchti@wcupa.edu or stop by his office in 148 Main Hall.
Graduating in 2017