Abigail Bartels

Abigail Bartels

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


The Gender Studies Program has given me the opportunity to engage with ideas that permeate my research and study in political science and in theology. I kept running into gender questions in those disciplines - why do women and men vote differently? why did Jesus come to Earth as a man and not as a woman? - and decided it would be better to answer these questions with a background in gender studies. I started by taking the introductory level class just to get more of a basis in answering gendered questions, and I ended up accidentally double majoring! The Gender Studies Program provided a perfect complement to my studies. Taking that first class was one of the best decisions I made during my time as an undergraduate at Notre Dame.