• A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.
  • A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.

Women's & Gender Studies Minor

Over the past two decades, a distinct body of scholarship on gender has developed in almost every academic field. This scholarship raises basic questions about women, men and society which transcend disciplines and challenge traditional ways of teaching and conducting research. The feminist framework informing women's and gender studies addresses the following issues with respect to gender:

  • It challenges the andocentric bias in thought, language and social and intellectual systems.
  • It re-thinks the central western dualisms :  e.g., mind/body, subject/object, thinking/doing
  • It involves a critique of all forms of oppression including class, race, sex, sexual-affectional preference, 1st world-3rd world, violence, militarism, ecological destruction, political inequality and hierarchies of power.

Students interested in the minor should consult the coordinator of the program, Cecelia Walsh-Russo, walsh_russoc@hartwick.edu.  Students wishing to major in Women's and Gender Studies should consider developing an Individual Student Program (ISP) , through which they can design their own major.  Please consult both Women's and Gender Studies faculty and the coordinator for the ISP,  Dr. Elizabeth Ayer, ayere@hartwick.edu.