Gender shapes careers and families. It defines friendships and interests. It sways teachers and judges. It alters diagnosis and treatment. It labels actions and attitudes.
It even dictates how we dress and eat, what we read, and the movies we watch.
Women and people of color constitute the majority in the global community—and choosing to study women and gender illuminates the world around you:
- Explore the important, but often submerged, roles women have played worldwide in art, history and literature.
- Discover how our language, the media, and communications shape attitudes toward women.
- Develop an understanding of the experiences, achievements, and roles of women.
- Learn how women’s roles and feminism have shifted over time; broaden your understanding of current gender issues.
- Develop down into physical and psychological underpinnings of gender issues and the roots of sexist beliefs and practices in society.
- Immerse yourself and apply your knowledge through internships while cultivating an awareness that helps eliminate misconceptions and stereotypes.
Classes taught by a diverse, inter disciplinary collection of about 30 affiliated faculty guide students in anthropology, classic cultures, criminal justice, English, history, health science, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, and more.
As part of the College of Sciences and the Humanities, we offer a major and minor, foster research about women, advocate for change in women's lives, identify career opportunities across many fields, and serve as a resource to the university and larger community.
Women’s and Gender Studies is a fast-growing, forward-looking field of knowledge that's in high demand by employers who face the pressing issues of gender in business and practices as it spans contemporary societies.
The Women's and Gender Studies program at Ball State University is an interdisciplinary program embracing a wide variety of academic approaches relevant to the study of women, gender, and feminisms in contemporary and historical societies. The program stresses that issues affecting women and gender are situated in and intertwined with sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, geography, (dis)ability, and religion (among other factors). We challenge our students to critically investigate and evaluate these intersections through learning grounded in feminist research and theory. We acknowledge and work in the spirit of the remarkable progress made toward gender equity, but we also recognize and analyze how numerous social and political forces continue to work against this advancement. In our programs, we insist upon both rigorous scholarship and an environment of respect and tolerance.