Majors & Minors

Feminist Studies

Interdisciplinary in nature, the Feminist Studies Program at Southwestern draws together faculty from across the university. We offer courses in feminist theory, women’s history and literature, feminist art history, and queer studies alongside courses incorporating feminist and queer approaches to sociology, anthropology, theatre, and religious studies.


Alison Kafer

Chair and Professor of Feminist Studies



Alison Kafer

Chair and Professor of Feminist Studies

Feminist Studies
Feminist Studies

The Feminist Studies curriculum exposes students to the large and ever-growing body of knowledge that makes up the broad category of feminist and gender studies, combining feminist theory with analyses of feminist activism, identifications, and practices.

Our program provides a critical exploration of how prominent categories of difference—gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, age, religion and nation—are constituted, challenged, and altered across time and place.

Part of this project involves revising the findings of traditional disciplines to include knowledge generated through a variety of feminist methodologies.

Students with an academic focus in feminist theories and methodologies are well prepared to succeed in a variety of fields, including non-profit and social services, law, journalism, theology, public policy, health care, cultural studies, education, and numerous other traditional disciplines within the academy.


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Chelsey celebrated Circadian’s release at Book Woman

Chelsey Clammer, SU ‘05, Releases New Book, Circadian, Winner of the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award

“I take a different approach to storytelling, and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the critical thinking skills I learned at Southwestern.” - Chelsey Clammer ’05

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Feminist Studies News

Dolores Huerta

Southwestern Welcomes Civil Rights Legend Dolores Huerta to Campus

Dolores Huerta is an activist and labor leader who has dedicated her life to fighting discrimination and improving social and economic conditions for farm workers, immigrants and women.

Dakota Cortez '18

Gilman Scholarship Winner Studying Abroad in Morocco

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Winner Dakota Cortez,’19, studying Migration and Transnational Identity in Morocco.

Noor Tagouri

Noor Tagouri, a first-generation Libyan American, Journalist and Activist to Present Breaking Barriers Through Storytelling at Southwestern

Noor’s presentation, Breaking Barriers Through Storytelling, shares a universally powerful message of acceptance and embracing individuality in a multicultural society.