The Women's and Gender Studies Concentration is a multidisciplinary program that focuses on the analysis of gender as a category, with attention to the social construction of gender identity and gender relations, and the intersection of gender with other categories, including race, class, and sexuality. The Women's and Gender Studies program values student engagement with feminist discourses and practices and seeks to help students understand representations and realities of gender in multicultural and global contexts. The concentration is not a major but complements many majors and career goals.
Women's and Gender Studies concentrators choose from many disciplines to complete their concentration requirements. The concentration consists of eighteen (18) hours of coursework, including either an internship or an independent study Only six credits may be selected from the same academic discipline.
Women’s and Gender studies concentrators engage in internships at a wide range of organizations depending on their interests and needs. Internships may include a focus on women in business leadership, human rights work non-profits such as the Young Women’s Resource Center, or women’s health centers such as Planned Parenthood.
The Women’s and Gender Studies concentration is not a major, but complements a student's major. A concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies can be valuable in many different fields, including government, non-profit agencies, non-governmental organizations, education, human resources, social work, counseling, law, medicine, and the arts.
Student organizations of special interest to Women’s and Gender Studies concentrators include Students Activists for Gender Equality (SAGE), Drake University Voice of Choice (DUVOC), Drake Men for Gender Equality, El Ritmo Latino, Coalition of Black Students, and the Rainbow Union.