WGS Joins Division I

We are pleased to announce that the College Faculty approved the inclusion of WGS in Division I at the February College Faculty Meeting.

Rationale for Inclusion in Division I (Humanities):
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field whose scope extends fully to the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. Given that the current divisional structure necessitates the placement of departments into divisions, we believe that our department would fit best into Division I, Humanities. The Humanities Indicator Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) includes in its definition of the Humanities the disciplines of Ethnic, Gender, and Cultural Studies. According to the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), humanistic inquiry encompasses all areas of research and learning that ask fundamental questions about the way individuals and societies live, think, interact, and express themselves, and is as much distinguished by its interpretative methodologies as by its subject matter. The core mission of WGS as a department is closely aligned to this approach to humanistic inquiry with its focus on the study of the cultural constructs of masculinity and femininity in intersection with issues of class, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation.

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