What Students Have to Say about WGS
Q: How has studying Women’s and Gender Studies affected your personal and professional values?
Student A: “The Women’s and Gender studies program has classes in lots of departments and I believe this is the most beneficial part of the program. It takes you outside of your own major and lets you explore how women’s and gender issues affect other realms of study. In exposing you to different fields of study, it helps create a holistic education and leads to finding other areas that interest you as well. The professors in the Women’s and Gender studies program are very knowledgeable and open about talking about difficult topics, which is very beneficial to feel like there is a safe place to talk about issues.”
Student B: “I think the Women’s and Gender Studies program is one of the most unique programs I’ve experienced. It encourages you to think critically about the world around you and the social norms you grew up with. By extension, when you become a feminist, you also become more empathetic toward all types of inequality. Feminists have been at the forefront of helping other marginalized groups for a long time. I think when you develop those critical thinking skills and step outside of your comfort zone, you learn a lot professionally but also grow as a person and become more empathetic to those around you.”
Q: How do you think this minor will benefit you in the workforce?
Student B: “The most beneficial aspect of the program for me has been being able to expand my knowledge of feminism and what it is to be a feminist. When I began college I had very basic knowledge of the different types of feminism and the history of feminism. I believe it is the most beneficial because now I am able to identify myself with the different theories that I have learned about but I am also able to now take that all a step further and teach others.”
Q: What has been your favorite part of studying Women’s and Gender Studies?
Student A: “I really enjoy when speakers are able to come in and talk to the Adrian College community as a whole.”