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Gender Studies is a transdisciplinary department engaging students in the study of gender and the intersection of gender with other substantive categories of analysis and identity, including race, sexuality, class, disability, and nationality. Our curriculum offerings push students beyond commonsense accounts of gender to examine its complex constructions in our different historical epochs, in various cultural arenas, and varying global processes. Gender Studies engages with a wide variety of innovative approaches and methodologies, broad in reach - yet unified through a critical angle of vision.

Courses offered in Gender Studies at Indiana University examine gender issues related to sexuality; the body; race and class; business and politics; health; developing societies; artistic movements; academic institutions and knowledge; sports and leisure; law; the media, and many other areas. Gender Studies has developed as an innovative area of research and pedagogy, with the mission of advancing cultural understandings of gender structures and representations, and their impact on knowledge and policy. Gender Studies courses are interdisciplinary in content and approach. This means that the Gender Studies courses at Indiana University explore issues related to women and gender across academic disciplines. The intellectual goal of the program is to develop new approaches to knowledge about women and gender-related issues; and to transform traditional disciplines and fields of study through the incorporation of methods, theories, and a range of frameworks relevant to race, class, and gender studies.

What Can I Do with a Degree in Gender Studies?

Graduates with expertise in Gender Studies pursue a range of careers that build on a broad knowledge of the humanities and social sciences. A degree in Gender Studies equips students with open minds about the challenges of gender difference, analytical skills, and an understanding of today's diverse and multi-cultural world. Some graduates with degrees in Gender Studies choose to pursue further study in the area, becoming researchers and scholars in a wide range of academic fields. Gender Studies is also excellent preparation for careers in such fields as social and community work, government, law, medicine, social justice work, counseling, business, public relations, advertising, journalism, consumer services, and many other professional and human-service fields.