Completing a minor in Women's Studies at the undergraduate level at Memorial helped me evolve into a free thinking individual which has continued to serve me well as a master's student. My experience in the women's studies program has opened the door for critical engagement and analysis that transcends disciplinary boundaries. I have become much more grounded in my ability to form thoughtful opinion and analysis. Furthermore, such grounding continues in helping me to engage with and understand issues in a way that allows me to productively contribute beyond the theoretical, and most importantly for my work, beyond the rhetorical as well.
-- Amy Morrisseau (MA student, University of Victoria)
Gender Studies is an academic area of study that critically examines how gender shapes our identities, our social interactions and our world. Through exposure to interdisciplinary perspectives, students develop a framework for thinking about power relations and the ways that those relations are shaped and challenged by intersecting constructions of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age and nationality. Gender Studies examines everyday experiences, social and political institutions, literary and philosophical contributions, and past and present ideas and world events. The discipline provides students with tools to engage with and critically analyze these areas.