About the Major
The Gender and Health major offers a critical, feminist analysis of research, practice, and policies concerning gender and health. Students examine the intersections of social categories, such as gender, race, class, and sexuality, through conceptualizations of health, healthcare delivery, and health-related policies. Moreover, the major allows students to investigate the limits of the biomedical model, to apply a feminist lens to the understanding, critique, and construction of health, to explore health-related issues within a global and transnational context, to grapple with ethical dilemmas in real-world case studies, and to critically analyze the impact of power inequalities in specific health-related areas. The major offers a truly interdisciplinary, liberal arts experience with a variety of courses, spanning disciplinary approaches in the humanities and social sciences. It provides students with intellectually rich, challenging, and suitable academic preparation for a diverse series of jobs and advanced graduate or professional training.
Students interested in learning more about the major should attend an Information Session, held throughout the academic year in Lane Hall; students can also declare the major at these sessions. Majors who are interested in conducting original research may also complete a thesis as part of the department's Honors Program.