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Women and Gender Studies
  • Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1

Women and Gender Studies

Enrich your understanding of how gender, race, sexuality, and other identities function in and contribute to a rich society with a minor in women and gender studies at St. John Fisher College.

The program investigates the relationship between gender and power from a variety of perspectives, including social, artistic, historical, and scientific. We examine gender, race, class, disability, nationality, sexuality, and other identity markers as significant and intersectional aspects of social worlds and human lives.

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

Note: Women and gender studies is an inclusive program that utilizes gender-inclusive and non-sexist language to affirm and respect how individuals express and experience their gender.

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.

The minor consists of six courses from a variety of academic disciplines: one introduction course, one course in feminist and/or gender theory, one course in intersectional perspectives, and three electives.

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