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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 19383

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.


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

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
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 or stop by the office at Wayne Hall #736

Announcement: New Hire

Please join us in WELCOMING Justin Sprague to the Women’s and Genders Studies department

Justin will be on campus for fall semester

Justin Sprague Headshot

Dr. Justin Sprague has both a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, with concentrations in critical race/ethnic studies and food studies.

He also earned an M.A. in Humanities and a B.A. in Communications from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

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