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Women and Gender Studies
  • Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1

Women and Gender Studies

Enrich your understanding of women’s contributions to society with a minor in women and gender studies at St. John Fisher College.

The program examines the relationship between gender and power from a variety of perspectives–social, artistic, historical, and scientific. You will investigate how gender has affected the lives of men and women all over the world and throughout human history.

The women and gender studies minor will serve you well if you are planning a career in any of the following fields:

  • Business
  • Law
  • Politics
  • International relations
  • Science
  • Health professions
  • Social and community service
  • Education

Program Overview

The women and gender studies program is organized around feminist research, methods, and theory, integrating personal, academic, and policy issues into all topics of inquiry.

An introductory course and a senior seminar bookend the program's requirements. Choose between a class in feminist theory or gender theory as your third required course. Three electives chosen from at least two different disciplines, as outlined in the program's curriculum, complete the necessary 18 credits for the minor.

The program is designed to complement careers in law, business, media, politics, international relations, science, health professions, social and community service, and education.

I teach because I love face-to-face dialogue that is informed, risky, purpose-driven, and difficult. It feels like making magic happen—the magic of people in a space thinking and working together. And I love the challenge of saying: now what? So we’ve had this great conversation, we’ve learned these difficult things—now what will we do with it? ”


Jill Swienciki
  • Dr. Jill Swiencicki
  • Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies