Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic minor program of study that takes as its focus the history, development, and consequences of culturally acquired sexual identities. It is a field of study as complex as the many disciplines it weaves together. At USD, those disciplines include Anthropology, Business, Communication Studies, Economics, English, French, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology. Women's and Gender Studies addresses such topics as the acquisition of gender identity across cultures; the influence of gender upon spirituality, moral choice, creativity, and language use; the relationship of gender to a wide spectrum of social problems such as poverty and violence; the history of various gender-related issues such as family life, marriage, reproduction, divorce, childrearing, sexual behavior, and sexual orientation.
Recently the Women's and Gender Studies program co-sponsored a lecture by Catharine A. MacKinnon, a leading scholar and activist. MacKinnon spoke to the USD community about human trafficking and prostitution as it affects women internationally. Click here to learn more about MacKinnon's work.
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