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Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and gender studies at Trinity explores the cultural construction of gender and sexuality. This interdisciplinary program offers courses from a wide range of academic fields and generally attracts a diverse group of students, who bring their passion for activism, equality, and empowerment to the classroom.

Offered as a minor, the program requires 19 semester hours with 79 courses to choose from across academic sections taught by faculty from all disciplines, including English, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, political science, and sociology and anthropology. Courses in the program examine gender and sexuality in the context of race and class, global and domestic politics, religion, and critical theory through literature, visual arts, and other media. The classes are designed to give students the critical skills and intellectual training they need to ground their personal and political concerns.

The women's and gender studies program offers opportunities for experiential learning from participation in Women's History Month, Gay Pride Week, and programming through a number of campus organizations.

By successfully completing the program, students cultivate skills and contacts invaluable to their careers, characters, and adult lives. Recent alumni have pursued careers in child-welfare advocacy, law, and education among others.

Co-directors

  • Debra Ochoa, Ph.D., associate professor, modern languages and literatures, co-director
  • Amy L. Stone, Ph.D., associate professor, sociology and anthropology, co-director

Faculty

  • Dania E. Abreu-Torres, Ph.D., assistant professor, modern languages and literatures
  • Rosana Blanco-Cano, Ph.D., associate professor, modern languages and literatures
  • Andrew Kania, Ph.D., associate professor, philosophy
  • Bladimir Ruiz, Ph.D., associate professor, modern languages and literatures

San Antonio Resources

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
(todos somos esperanza)

International Woman's Day
(San Antonio March and Rally)

The Rape Crisis Center
(San Antonio RCC: serving children, women, and men)

Planned Parenthood
(Trust of San Antonio and South Central Texas)

Online Resources

Andrea Gibson- "Swingset"
(A poem about being Gender-Queering)

A Chicana Feminist website
("Making Face, Making Soul")

Chicana/Latina Studies Webpage
("Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social")

Feministing.com
("an online community for feminists and their allies")

Gloria Anzaldua, Chicana Queer Feminist
(engage in the study of the intellectual and spiritual work of Gloria Evangelina AnzaldĂșa.)

GRRRL Zine Resource
(how to write feminist zines)

LANIC
(Latin American Network Information Center)

Queer Theory
("resources in Queer Culture, Queer Theory, Queer Studies, Gender Studies and related fields")

Red Feminista
(Red Feminista Latinoamericana y del Caribe por una vida sin violencia para las mujeres)

University LGBT/Queer Programs
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual/ Queer Studies in the USA and Canada)

Women's History Month
(Celebrate women's history this March)

Minor Description: 

The women's and gender studies minor, a 19-hour minor, explores the cultural construction of gender and sexuality. Courses in the program examine gender and sexuality in the context of race and class, global and domestic politics, religion, and critical theory through literature, visual arts, and other media. The classes are designed to give students the critical skills and intellectual training they need to ground their personal and political concerns.