Women's and Gender Studies

Commencement 1892
Alfred University's Co-ed Class of
1892 and President Jonathan Allan

The Alfred University Women's and Gender Studies Program grew out of Alfred's historically liberal, progressive college environment and unique feminist history. Founded in 1836, AU is the second co-educational college in the United States and the first in New York State. The program offers an interdisciplinary minor which examines research relating to women and gender, women's contributions to societies around the world, and how gender relates to global socio-political contexts and cultural production.

The objectives of the minor are to provide a theoretical and practical structure within which to study women’s and gender issues; to promote an understanding of the historical and biosocial contexts that shape our awareness of gender; and to encourage independent reading about and study of women's and gender issues.

The Women's and Gender Studies Program offers students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary studies by combining course work from a variety of traditional disciplines with courses specifically designed for the program.

Our approach exposes students to a variety of conceptual frameworks, experiences, personal styles, ideas, and issues. We encourage an exploration of the many positions possible within as well as outside the body of work considered women's and gender studies. Faculty from throughout the university participate in the program.


More Information

Course of Study
Women's Leadership Center

Contact Us

Laurie McFadden, Program Director
Phone: 607.871.2385