The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at SUNY New Paltz is committed to improving the position of women on campus and the broader community. Drawing on the expertise of faculty based in other departments as well as faculty based in Women's Studies, the program enables students to develop a feminist perspective on traditional disciplines and to cross disciplinary boundaries in order to explore women's experiences in the U.S. as well as globally. Students examine the ways that gender intersects with other systems of domination, think critically about ways to challenge violence and injustice, and work together to envision a more just and humane world.
In our practicum course, students gain experience working with organizations that serve or mobilize women. In our senior seminar, they pursue independent research in topics of their own choosing. An interdisciplinary course, Women: Images and Realities, provides the introduction to the program. Additionally, we sponsor lectures, panels, and films, and every two years, it hosts an interdisciplinary conference open to the public.