Discover how cultural norms and expectations influence the people we become.

Explore issues of respect, safety, body image and empowerment – learning more about the human condition in order to live better, more fully human lives.

We cannot help but be shaped by stereotypes. Yet, we must not be held in bondage by them. The more we understand the expectations our society creates for us, the more empowered we become to accept and evolve into the people we are destined to be.

Why Women's and Gender Studies?

  • Fun and intellectually engaging minor
  • Great career differentiator come interview time
  • Small class sizes provide a comfortable atmosphere to explore challenging issues
  • Not your typical papers and projects
    • Gender Transgression Assignment
      • Do something not stereotypically associated with your gender (e.g. men getting facials, women going to car shows or comic book conventions) and write up an analysis of how other people reacted to your transgression of the stereotype
    • Guerilla Awareness Experiments
      • Design stickers that protest offensive representations of gender roles
  • Incredible on-campus opportunities where we challenge pre-conceived attitudes

Note: Both women and men are encouraged to participate in the Women’s Studies program.

Popular Majors that Choose a Women's and Gender Studies Minor

Social Sciences (Psychology/Sociology)
  • Supplement your social sciences major by exploring how we are shaped by our cultural environments.
Social Work
  • Develop your cultural understandings of social and family dynamics, and the heritage stories people carry around with them.
Criminal Justice and Paralegal Majors
  • Develop a background in domestic violence and women’s issues to prepare you for the social rigors on the job.
Humanities (History, English, Philosophy and Theology Majors)
  • This is a wonderful complement to your humanities degree, in which you will uncover this all too often overlooked group throughout history.

For more information about the Women’s Studies program, please contact:

Mary Fisher, Ph.D.
College of Education and Social Sciences
One University Parkway
Lewis University
Romeoville, IL 60446
De LaSalle Hall, Rm DL-124

Phone: 815-836-5979 

Ana Roncero-Bellido, Ph.D.
College of Humanities, Fine Arts and Communications
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
De LaSalle Hall Rm,  DL-217-N

Phone:  815-836-5979 

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