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Gender Studies is about understanding people, both yourself and others.  Gender Studies teaches us how human identities are shaped by gender and related traits such as sex, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, religion and nationality.  Through Gender Studies, we not only strive to understand people better, but because of this endeavor, we hopefully become more understanding people.

 

 

 

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Theories of Sexual Difference Course – Professor Janet Kourany

Extra Credit Assignment

One of the greatest things about being a Gender Studies major/minor is that it's NEVER boring. While studying transgenderism in Theories of Sexual Difference, we were given an extra-credit assignment: for one whole day to dress and act like a person of a different gender. It was optional, yet nearly everyone participated and went out for pizza at the end of the day. It was incredible to walk in someone else's shoes for a day and experience the looks, interactions, and expectations encountered by people of a different gender. I will never forget it. - Amanda Lewis '10

 

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Kristin Brennan

Graduation year:

2016

Majors/Minors:

Marketing and Gender Studies Double Major

Student Story:

I stumbled upon the Gender Studies major in a roundabout way. When I arrived at Notre Dame, I knew that I wanted to find a second major to round...

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Faith Mayfield

Graduation year:

2016

Majors/Minors:

English/Gender Studies

Student Story:

Sophomore year, I took a gender studies class cross-listed with my then only major, English and I absolutely loved it. It really opened my eyes ...

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Tesia Janicki

Graduation year:

2016

Majors/Minors:

Major in Chemistry & Physics/Minor in Gender Studies

Student Story:

My sophomore year, I enrolled in "Gendering Christianity" on a whim. This became one of the most thought-provoking classes I would take at Notre...

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Olivia Phillips

Graduation year:

2016

Majors/Minors:

Political Science Major, Gender Studies Minor

Student Story:

My name is Olivia Phillips, and I’m a senior from Lakeland, Florida. I’ve only recently discovered a love for Notre Dame’s Gender Studies depart...

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Abigail Bartels

Graduation year:

2016

Majors/Minors:

Double major in Political Science and Gender Studies, minor in Theology

Student Story:

The Gender Studies Program has given me the opportunity to engage with ideas that permeate my research and study in political science and in the...

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