Why Choose Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies?

The program encourages the development of an open mind, heart, and voice to all who are willing to listen.  In more practical terms, WGS students strive for equity and justice within the workplace, education, and society.

Yet there are still those individuals who ask the questions: "Why WGS?" and "What makes these courses so special, and how could taking them possibly impact my life?"  The answer is simple.  WGS does more than just explore issues concerning women.  It delves into the heart of the global expression and subordination of all marginalized populations and examines the concepts of established norms around gender and sexuality and investigates inequities.  WGS forces students to design their own solutions to these problems they see every day.

"All students need to realize that social, professional and educational equity is not a benefit, but  a necessity.  If a university's student community could learn to become free of sexism, racism and all other forms of discrimination, they could set an example for their own, as well as the next, generation to follow.

"In the past, women and men studied history, science, the arts, the social sciences, even women, entirely from the perspective of men.  All of our knowledge about ourselves and the world we live in was 'man-made.'  Women's Studies corrects, but does not reject this information; in fact, it complements all disciplines.  It draws on all fields and places women's experiences at the center of the curriculum."...Dr. Angela Scanzello, Kutztown University Professor Emerita