Women’s and Gender Studies at Providence College

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Women’s and Gender Studies at Providence College

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program offers students a rigorous interdisciplinary major and minor drawn from a rich and diverse array of courses taught by an enthusiastic and passionate faculty. Women’s and Gender Studies courses introduce students to a multiplicity of women’s lived realities, perspectives, and knowledge; center gender as a critical category of analysis; and emphasize race, class, gender, sexuality, culture, ethnicity, nationality, age, and ability as intersecting lenses through which to see, understand, and examine the everyday world around us.


Abigail T. Brooks, Ph.D.
Director, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology
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401.865.2923 abrooks1@providence.edu additional contacts
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Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies

The major requires the completion of 10 women’s and gender studies courses, inclusive of Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, Senior Capstone Seminar, and eight electives distributed across the social and natural sciences, the humanities, and the arts. The program of study is innovative and interdisciplinary, with a focus on analyzing the lives, achievements, and experiences of women (past and present) across the academic disciplines. There is also a strong focus on the diversity of women’s experiences across age, race, ethnic groups, social class, and physical condition. The program is committed to empowering students to be active learners and independent thinkers, and courses are designed to encourage reflection, challenge existing viewpoints, and develop critical thinking.

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The minor requires the completion of six women’s and gender studies courses, including Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, the senior capstone seminar, and four elective courses distributed across the social sciences and the humanities. Recent graduates of PC’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program have gone on to careers and graduate study in fields as diverse as global and national health and health services, science and technology, creative writing and publishing, business, marketing, the non-profit sector, governmental policy, law, philanthropy, counseling and psychology, secondary education, and higher education and academia.

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additional information about Women’s and Gender Studies at Providence College


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Intern at a women- and gender-centered local community organization

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Participate in the many department-sponsored events on campus each year

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Build cross-cultural competencies by studying abroad


Our faculty are passionate teachers, committed to working closely with students and to supporting them in the process of identifying and achieving their goals, both inside and outside of the classroom, and frequently present their research and literary and artistic work at national and international conferences, including the annual meetings of the National Women’s Studies Association.

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of 2018-2022 interdisciplinary program graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school


are employed only


are attending school only


are employed and attending school

Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.

Selected Places of Employment/Service

Boston Scientific
Chisholm, Chisholm, & Kilpatrick
Chubb Corp.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Foxcroft Collection
Integra Advisors
Manya Glassman
Moda Operandi, Inc
Pierce Davis & Perritano LLP
Proven Behavior
Solutions, LLC
The Key Program, Inc
Wellington Management

Selected Graduate Schools

Boston University
Business School
Hult International
New York University
Northeastern University
Parsons School of Design/The New School
Providence College
Quinnipiac School of Law
Syracuse University


Katie Weeks

Women’s and Gender Studies Administrative Coordinator
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