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Women's and Gender Studies


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Women's and Gender Studies

Wayne Hall 736
125 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19382

Jean Bauer

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:

  • 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.

Islam, Gender, and the Media WOS 325

  • Fall Semester 2017
  • Monday & Wednesday 2:00-3:15PM

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.

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Latinx Gender and Sexualities WOS 410

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.

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Transfeminist Theories WOS 410

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!!

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Department 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 Chair E.Simon Ruchti at or stop by the office at Wayne Hall #736