Majoring in Gender and Women's Studies


The gender and women's studies major takes you from the basics of transnational feminism to an advanced understanding and application of theory, methodology and practice. You shape your experience according to your interests and talents, developing a personalized course of study by combining core courses with any of a range of interdisciplinary electives. Topics include gender in communist states, gender representation in film, women and religion, the psychology of women, postcolonial literature and gendered bodies in motion (dance).

International opportunities and study abroad

We encourage you to travel abroad to see, experience and learn firsthand about gender issues in other nations and cultures. Students have traveled the world to do research and pursue their studies. Professors and students also sometimes travel together in the U.S. or abroad as part of their Connecticut College coursework.

After Connecticut College

Our graduates are passionately engaged with the world as intellectuals, activists, artists and writers. They apply their knowledge of gender intelligently and creatively in their work, communities and families every day. Graduates have gone on to law school, master's programs in public policy and teaching, and Ph.D. programs in several disciplines. Others work with non-profits on social justice issues.

What can you do with a majorcertificate in Gender and Women's Studies?

Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:

  • Development Coordinator, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services
  • Boston Account Manager, American Red Cross
  • Production and Editorial Assistant, Verso Books
  • Adviser, U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand of New York
  • Deputy Northeast Finance Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Graduate Student, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services
  • Program Supervisor, City of Stillwater Multi Arts Center
  • Account Supervisor, Cline Davis & Mann
  • Assistant Program Supervisor, KEY Program Inc.
  • Doctoral Candidate in Political Science, Ohio State University
  • Executive Director, MPIL Steel Structures Ltd.
  • Senior Adviser, Tertiary Education Commission of New Zealand
  • Fair Climate Network Manager, National Wildlife Foundation
  • Kindergarten Teacher, New York City Board of Education
  • Development Officer, Grand Teton National Park Foundation
  • Sales Coordinator, EF Educational Tours
  • Trial Preparation Assistant, New York County District Attorney’s Office
  • Attorney, State of Connecticut
  • Teacher, Teach for America


Ariella R. Rotramel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies Ariella R. Rotramel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies

Ariella R. Rotramel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
Gender and women's studies • Queer and sexuality studies • Social movements • Ethnic studies • Women's leadership • Gender and work

Mab Segrest, Fuller-Maathai Professor of Gender and Women's Studies Mab Segrest, Fuller-Maathai Professor of Gender and Women's Studies

Mab Segrest, Fuller-Maathai Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
Women's studies • Social movements • Sexuality studies • Critical race theory/"Whiteness" • Creative non-fiction

Shubhra Sharma, Vandana Shiva Assistant Professor of Gender & Women's Studies Shubhra Sharma, Vandana Shiva Assistant Professor of Gender & Women's Studies

Shubhra Sharma, Vandana Shiva Assistant Professor of Gender & Women's Studies
Ethics of development • Globalization and policy-making in South Asia • Transnationalism and policy making • Feminist social research methods/ethnography • Governance and NGO's • Microlending • Colonialism and education

Student profile

Mimi Bangali Mimi Bangali

Gender and women's studies

Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I wanted to attend a small college where I could develop personal relationships with my professors. I went to a small elementary school and a small high school. I understood the value of teacher-student interaction and didn't want to lose that. I was also drawn by the opportunities to internationalize my education through study abroad and the different centers.

Q: What drew you to gender and women's studies?
A: I stumbled across some statistics from my country, Sierra Leone. Back then, we had the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. About the same time, I became interested in the issue of obstetric fistula, and all of a sudden my head was full of women's reproductive health issues. It only took me one class to come to the conclusion that a degree in gender and women's studies was what I wanted to pursue. Since then, I've had quite the diverse, international, woman-centered undergraduate career.

Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I studied health, gender and community empowerment in Mali during the spring semester of my junior year. I am interested in African women's health and empowerment and hope to work in a non-profit after graduation.

Selected courses

  • Transnational Women's Movements
  • Bollywood, Globalization and Identity
  • Words, Wisdom and Witness: Women of Color in the Americas
  • Race, Gender and the Mass Media
  • Same-Sex Sexuality in World History
  • Women, Religion and Modernity
  • Training for Transformation
  • Feminist Social Research Methods


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