Gender and Women’s Studies
The Gender and Women’s Studies major at Northland offers students the chance to explore the significance of gender-as well as other categories of identity-in social systems across the world. As an interdisciplinary major, Gender and Women’s Studies asks questions such as how women and men learn and perform gender; how gender is constructed and represented through language, individual behavior, and social/cultural institutions; how ideas of gender and gender roles have influenced human interactions with the natural world; and how people can recognize and work to transform the gender ideologies that shape our knowledge and action. Gender and Women’s Studies at Northland is distinguished by its interdisciplinary nature. By taking courses that are grounded in similar assumptions and that raise similar questions regarding gender, but that examine these assumptions and questions within different disciplines, students achieve an understanding of the complexity of the world around them and are more equipped to change it toward equality and ecological sustainability.