Gender Studies


Gender Studies explores the ways in which concepts and ideas of femininity and masculinity evolve and change over historical time and cultural location. Gender intersects with political, social, and economic systems.  It informs personal and cultural identity, religious beliefs, legal structures, race and class formations, sexual orientation, labor practices, social policy, and interpersonal relationships. Simply put, gender plays a significant role in nearly every aspect of our everyday lives. Gender Studies promotes awareness of the operations and effects of gender in the social sphere and encourages students to foster productive connections between the analytical or theoretical examinations of gender and their own lived experiences.

The Bentley Gender Studies Program provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the political, social, economic, and personal implications of gender issues. Courses are designed to combine the analytical tools of different disciplines, incorporating both practical and theoretical strategies to exploring gender in a broad range of cultural and historical contexts. The Bentley Gender Studies Program works closely with other campus affiliated organizations such as the Women’s Center and PRIDE to provide education and awareness on diversity initiatives.

Gender Studies Links:

Minor in Gender Studies

Gender Studies Course Offerings


For more information, contact:

Traci Abbott, PhD
Director of Gender Studies
088 Adamian