Why Minor in Women's and Gender Studies?
What WGS Students & Alumni Like Most about the Program:
Expanding Their World Views
Variety of Courses
Friendships with Other WGS Students
Becoming Agents for Social Change
Cody Rossler '15
Ph.D. Student in History
at SUNY Stony Brook
"The WGS program at Detroit Mercy revealed different perspectives, especially women's perspectives, that are not frequently or sometimes ever, addressed in classes. It exposed me to different ways of thinking about the world. I am now more attentive to these alternative perspectives, peoples and struggles."
Anjelica Armendariz '10
Community Outreach Coordinator
She\Wellness, Seattle, WA
"The most important thing I got from the WGS program was networking and working professionally with many women of many different strengths. It sped up my emotional-professional intelligence so that I left communicating better with all genders."
Tracy Gallardo '14
Family Service Worker
Thrive by Five Head Start Program
Major: Social Work
"Minoring in WGS opened up a new lens in seeing gender equality and striving so that both genders granted the same rights. Also, it has allowed me to encourage other women, youth and children to understand they are capable of anything as long as they put their heart into it."
Johnee Elhaouli '14
Clinical Care Manager
Institute on Aging, San Francisco, CA
Major: Social Work
"WGS was truly a program that influenced the way I view society, and showed me how we can bring the justice that oppressed communities deserve."
Terri Marshall '13
Detroit Public Safety Academy
Major: English-Secondary Education
Minors: WGS, Math
"I learned from the WGS program that every judgment, idea, or critique is based on what we learn from society, and it is everyone’s right to challenge those societal standards. Being unique and original is beautiful, and this is something I express to my students every day and in every lesson I teach."
Alice Riley '10
U.S. Recruiting Communications Coordinator
Ford Motor Company
Majors: Communication Studies, English
"Being open to diverse voices is probably the most valuable lesson I learned from minoring in WGS. Understanding that different voices have different needs and motivations has been really helpful in my career as a communicator and being able to deliver a clear message."