Women's & Gender Studies
315 Milne Library
Tel: 607.436.2014
Fax: 607.436.2656


What is Women's & Gender Studies?


What is the Women’s and Gender Studies Minor?
The Women’s and Gender Studies Minor at SUNY Oneonta is designed to complement the wide array of majors available to students on campus. Our current Minors major in disciplines as diverse as Studio Art and Anthropology; Biology and History; Communication Studies and Business Economics; Psychology and Music Industry. The many electives that count toward the minor enable students to tailor their program of study to best fit their goals. As Women’s and Gender Studies Minors, they can also count on supportive and dedicated faculty to provide individualized advisement regarding their academic interests and career aspirations.

Careers: A field rooted in activism for social justice and gender equity, WGS generates powerful, “real-world” connections between the classroom and our communities. Using methodologies from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities, our courses equip students with the critical tools to understand cultural, social, and historical constructions of gender and sexuality. Students take core courses in feminist theories and research methodologies and choose from a wide range of electives. We provide opportunities for internships, leadership training, and other forms of professional development.

Our students gain crucial skills in critical thinking, analysis, and communication, as well as in global awareness and diversity literacies, skills that employers in the following fields find especially desirable:

*health professions *human & social services
 *public policy *politics
 *law and law enforcement

For more see: What can I do with a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies?

How to enroll as a Women’s and Gender Studies Minor?
Come visit us at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, located at 315 Milne Library. The Minor is open to all undergraduates. If you are interested in learning more about our program, you are welcome to email the Chair, Dr. Bernardin, at Susan.Bernardin@oneonta.edu or to call the Department office at 436-2014.

Highlights of a Women’s and Gender Studies Minor
Students who minor in Women’s and Gender Studies gain valuable skills and competencies:

  • an intersectional approach to questions of gender, sexuality, race & other markers of identity and difference
  • an understanding of systems of structural inequality & privilege
  • interdisciplinary and comparative methodologies
  • critical thinking
  • research skills
  • communication skills
  • analytical writing
  • professional opportunities, such as participation in the WGS Student Symposium and national conferences
  • networking and skill-building through internships and experiential education on campus, in the broader community, and region

Why Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies?

Students share their thoughts:

"The Women's and Gender Studies Department taught me more about myself, my communities, and the world around me than both of my majors and required courses. I learned how I fit in the world because of this department, and I continue to learn how to adapt each time I am faced with any sort of obstacle. The lessons taught, revolving around feminism and intersectional approaches to social injustices, impact how I viewed all of the other courses I took and therefore, shaped how I approached my college education. This department, these incredible professors, and the wonderful students and people I have met have helped provide an endless support system that I will always have to fall back on. I am eternally grateful and proud to be a Women's and Gender Studies minor, a graduate of the department, and a lifelong member of a sensational group of people." - Jennie Bokser

"Women's and Gender Studies has taught me so much about all classifications of people, not just women. It has also taught me a lot about myself."

"Regularly overlooked are the insights and cultural explorations founded in feminist research of Women’s Studies. Contrary to popular belief, Women’s Studies is not an educational vessel for male bashing, but a discovery of how equally important women have been throughout the world and throughout history."

“Through Women’s and Gender studies I feel as if I have found my own voice, and that my awareness of certain issues has encouraged me to inform others about these issues and how much they impact our everyday lives.”

“It’s the first place I felt like I belonged.”

"The WGS minor has made me view other fields more critically. I have explored my position in the world and my undeniable connection to other humans and environments despite my assumed differences. Although it was not easy to have my assumptions questioned- finishing the minor was rewarding. I had the opportunity to study with the amazing faculty, unique courses, and produce a personalized thesis and feminist manifesto. –Eliza Edge

"The value of the Women’s and Gender Studies minor to me is how relevant it could be with my Anthropology and History majors, along with the general impact it had on my way of thinking. The minor is a way to not only learn the background behind the beliefs and ideals we hold as feminists, but it is a way to learn new approaches to the practice of feminism. The environment in the department does not simply lead to conversations where we all agree, but because of the various schools of thought we are in a space where we can debate with our peers on these topics." –Connie Randall

"Minoring in Women's and Gender Studies was an amazing experience. Not only were all of my classes enriching but  through the program I was able to be a part of an incredible community of fellow students and faculty that shared my passion.  WGS was a significant part of my college career and I will always love it!" –Gina Furfaro

"As a Sociology Major, the WSG Minor provided me with the foundation that I needed for my coursework within the field of Sociology. All of the classes that I took within the WSG Minor helped me think more critically about various issues and topics that were discussed throughout my four years as an undergrad at SUNY Oneonta. In addition  to helping me develop the skills I needed as a student at SUNY Oneonta, the WSG Minor also assisted me in developing the skills that I needed to become an active member on the SUNY Oneonta campus, as well as within my own community back at home. For example, my interests within the field of Women and Gender Studies led me to become involved with the Girls Inc. Organization within my community. Through this involvement, I was able to help empower young girls, specifically through their Eureka! program in guiding young girls to achieve cademically within the science, technology, engineering and mathematic fields. I was able to share my experience as an advocate for these young women within this program through the Gender Out of Bounds Student Symposium that is held on the SUNY Oneonta campus in order to share my experience with others."—Morgan Skrabalak