Academic Programs

sculpture by women's studies student Ali Murray

Award-winning sculpture of the artist's back by women's studies minor Ali Murray '06 now graces the lobby of the Transylvania library.

Annual Transylvania drag show

Annual Transylvania drag show

Program Overview

In Transylvania's interdisciplinary WGS curriculum, you will examine issues regarding women, men, gender, and sexuality; study various cultures and historical periods; use diverse research methods; and understand how scholars apply feminist, queer, and intersectional theories. As a WGS minor or major, you will learn how the application of a gendered lens has challenged traditional historical and cultural assumptions and examine the ways in which gender has structured intellectual and social traditions in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Your studies may also call attention to how issues of gender intersect with beliefs about race, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking from an interdisciplinary perspective, a skill students can apply to a multitude of careers or graduate programs. Transylvania students choosing a women’s, gender, and sexuality studies minor or major have successfully entered competitive graduate programs in such fields as library science, public policy, law, medicine, dentistry, social work, counseling, education, history, business, anthropology, fine arts, and psychology.

Because the curriculum also prepares students to live and work in an increasingly diverse culture, students learn the skills needed to be effective leaders in corporations, government, and non-profit organizations.

As a WGS minor or major, you can take courses in the humanities, social sciences, art history, and sciences and can participate in internships. Students have received credit for internships in such organizations as:

  • The National Organization for Women in Washington, D.C.
  • The ACLU in Louisville, Ky.
  • The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center
  • The YWCA
  • The Center for Women, Children, & Families
  • The American Association for University Women
  • The Kentucky State Legislature
  • The Governor’s Task Force on the Economic Status of Kentucky Women

© 2003-2016 Transylvania University. All rights reserved.

Transylvania University admits students regardless of age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, national origin, or any other classification protected by federal or state law or local ordinance.Transylvania University is committed to ensuring that the institution is free of harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, citizenship status, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief or veteran's status, or any other category protected by applicable state or federal law or local ordinance. Click here to read our full non-discrimination policy. Title IX information