Experience Opportunities

Professors Trisha Franzen and Ruth Schmitter talk about the women's and gender studies program with a student.Drawing on the knowledge and methodologies associated with a number of different disciplines, the Albion women's and gender studies prorgram examines the role of gender through five distinct areas of study: Historical Contexts, Representations, Global Perspectives, Self-Making, and Institutions or Systems of Knowledge. Each area uses cross-cultural or multicultural investigations to understand the dynamics and differences in the operation of gender.

Within specific contexts but also across differences, the program also focuses on the lives of women—on women's past and present active involvement in the making of the world. Students experience this ongoing interplay of theory and practice both in the classroom and in the field, through research as well as through off-campus opportunities, including:

Please contact the Women's and Gender Studies Department for more information about the experiential learning possibilities within our program.

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

What you’ll study.

Examine gender as a social construction—and as a lived reality. Explore how gender shapes and is shaped by history, culture, nationality, systems of representation, and institutions of knowledge. Focus on the lives of women, both past and present, in the American and global context, and their active involvement in the world. Majors and minors.

What you’ll do.

Develop your analytical skills. Pursue your interests and passions. And learn to be a canny, critical student of gender issues. You’ll build a solid foundation in feminist and gender theory, and then take your knowledge into the field through programs like our annual Rees Fellowship. Women's and gender studies experience opportunities.

Where you’ll go.

You’ll go anywhere, equipped with the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills you need to succeed in any profession. You might pursue law, public policy, teaching, research, or medicine. Many graduates go on to graduate or professional schools. Potential career paths.

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Committee

2017-2018 Members

  • Scott Melzer (Professor, Sociology) Chair
  • Trisha Franzen (Professor, Women's and Gender Studies)
  • Bille Wickre (Professor, Art History)
  • Abigail Cahil (Professor, Biology)
  • Sally Walker (Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students) ex-officio
  • Katherine Maher (student)

Women's and Gender Studies Committee 2008-09

2008-09 Members

Mary Collar, Chair (Chair of Women's and Gender Studies Program, English)

Kathryn Ziegler, (Women and Gender Studies)

Dianne Guenin-Lelle (Foreign Languages)

Scott Melzer (Sociology)

Ruth Schmitter (Biology)

Rebecca Whitehead-Schwarz (Foreign Languages)

Kara Morrow (Art History)

Nicolle Zellner (Physics)

Heather Bresnahan

Claudia Diaz (Library)

Lanya Lamouria

Yvonne Spence, Secretary

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