Why Choose Nazareth for Women and Gender Studies?

Drawing from intersectional and transnational feminist theoretical frameworks, the women and gender studies degree program at Nazareth College analyzes gender as an organizing factor in social, political, and familial institutions and policy. Continuing in the field's activist tradition, our program addresses gender-specific social injustices and strives to initiate social change from local and global perspectives.

Our program teaches students to:

  • Understand key concepts and issues associated with the study of women, gender, and sexualities from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Use feminist theoretical frameworks to understand complex intersecting structures of power.
  • Analyze historical and current gendered experiences, representations, and systems critically and comparatively across cultures and contexts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of gender in social and political contexts and in social and political movements.
  • Engage in praxis, applying theoretical frameworks to involvement in working toward social justice.

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

Contact Information

Rachel Bailey Jones

Rachel Bailey Jones

Associate Professor / Interim Director of the Core Curriculum / Director of the Portfolio @ Naz in Social & Psychological Foundations of Education
Director / Interim Director of the Core Curriculum / Director of the Portfolio @ Naz in Women and Gender Studies
Golisano Academic Center 125

Education: Ph.D. Curriculum and Teaching with a Specialization in Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Teaching and Research Interests: Colonial and post-colonial forms of education, gender and sexuality in education, and the relationship between popular culture and education. She has a special fascination with Disney and its role in shaping and educating us about normal and appropriate gender and sexual roles.

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Alumni Spotlight: Kaitlin Legg '11

“What is most valuable about women and gender studies is its interdisciplinary nature. It connects to every field, from science to writing to health care to education. It involves both the way we approach our careers and duties as well as the way we handle others and imagine ourselves."

Example Careers

  • Non-profit agencies
  • Human resources
  • Public policy
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Law

Internships/Field Experiences

  • YWCA, Rochester, NY
  • Safe Journey, Fairport, NY
  • American Association of University Women, Rochester, NY

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • 81% of the respondents in a survey of a recent graduating class (with 67.5% reporting) indicated that they are either employed or attending graduate school.