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Women's and Gender Studies


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Women's and Gender Studies

Main Hall 148
720 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19382

Dr. Lisa Ruchti, Director

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:

  • women,
  • people of color,
  • LGBTQA people,
  • indigenous people, and
  • people of the global south.

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.

Program Overview

In this major and minor, students learn about, analyze, and apply:

  • Intersectionality
    How categories of identity (race, class, gender, age, ability, sexuality, nationality, etc.) and structures of inequality are historically and currently experienced, represented, and resisted by people
  • Transnational Feminisms
    How the theoretical issues examined through intersectional feminism are produced in specific cultural global contexts
  • Gender
    How gender operates in our lives—as women, men, and those for whom those categories do not 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 Dr. Lisa Ruchti at or stop by her office in 148 Main Hall.


Victoria Kereszi '99
B.A. Women's Studies


WCU Research Day 2014: Research in Women's Studies