Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores all of women's and men’s experience as it has been constructed and described for/by them in a gendered world. Gender, defined as a social construction that reflects and determines power and opportunity differentials, is our central organizing category of analysis. Using this and other tools for analysis, Women's Studies explores how this social construction shapes the lives of women and men.
At Ithaca College, we, therefore flatten hierarchies. Our faculty, staff, and students come together from different parts of campus, bringing various interests and skills that foster a community friendly to all feminists and to feminist issues. The Women’s Studies program is both a place for women and men to feel comfortable and respected exploring and debating new ideas as well as a creative space for feminists.
Students who minor in Women’s Studies have assumed managerial positions in non-profit organization, have gone on to graduate programs in women’s studies, women’s history, and sexuality studies, and have undertaken careers in higher education as professors, administrators, and counselors.
In addition to class work, throughout the year Women’s Studies hosts lecture series and other events on campus, such as Women’s History Month and WomenSpeak. We support and are supported by IC Feminists.
IC Women’s Studies is led by a faculty coordinator and a steering committee.