The first program of its kind in the Concordia University System, this interdisciplinary program explores gender as a theory and as a practice -- and how it affects psychology, sociology, art and a range of other disciplines.

The core faculty for our program are all trained in women’s and gender studies in their respective fields.


Career Opportunities

  • Advisor
  • Curriculum Specialist 
  • Professor 
  • Counselor 
  • Coach 
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Community Advocate 
  • Domestic Violence Advocate 
  • Lobbyist
  • Research Assistant
  • Not-For-Profit Executive 
  • Arts Fundraiser
  • Museum Educator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Journalist 

Program and Degree Overview

The first program of its kind in the Concordia University System, this interdisciplinary major explores gender as a theory and as a practice.

The program intersects the women’s and gender studies discipline with psychology, sociology, art, media studies, communication, history, political science, theology and a range of other disciplines.

The core faculty for our program are housed in multiple departments and are all trained in women’s and gender studies in their respective fields. The scope of our program also makes it a perfect minor for many majors here at Concordia-Chicago.

If you major in Women’s and Gender Studies at Concordia-Chicago, you will take two required fundamental courses. You will also take courses in your desired area of specialization, such as art, psychology, sociology, history, English, communication or philosophy.

Our courses strongly encourage using your critical thinking skills to participate in discussion and analysis on gender roles, while examining how these issues impact society.

If you minor in WGS, you are required to take Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, a popular general education course in the College of Arts and Sciences. As with the major, the rest of your coursework will consist of individualized study in an area of interest to you.

For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog pages.

Study Opportunities

The program provides many opportunities for students to continue their learning outside of the classroom.

Each March, Concordia-Chicago hosts a series of events in honor of Women’s History Month. For instance, our faculty artists who exhibit their work nationally and internationally have showcased their work at a special Women’s History Month exhibit at the University’s Ferguson Art Gallery.

Throughout the year, our faculty host lectures and panels where you can meet speakers and contribute to discussions and give a presentation, including nationally renowned speakers such as Dr. Jackson Katz and Dr. Cynthia Enloe.

Each year, we also partner with Dominican University to host a Women’s and Gender Studies Conference for students and faculty to present and discuss current gender issues in society. Presentations have explored feminism in Jan Karon’s novels and Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre”; analysis of St. Teresa’s “The Interior Castle”; theories on gender stereotypes; gender issues in counseling; and more.

Meet our faculty