Students rallying at the Supreme Court during arguments of Snyder v. Phelps, 2010
Students talk about their experience
St. Mary's students have embraced Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, plunging head-first into intellectual engagement with difficult material, exciting speakers, and real-world problem solving. But don't take our word for it...
"The SMCM WGSX program takes gender as a fundamental category of analysis, which I really appreciate. Also, the program does not pretend to be 'objective' or to have absolute truth—it has been incredibly self critical and ultimately much more objective than other programs claim to be. The program does an excellent job of incorporating academia and political engagement—the professors and curricula really encourages you to apply your new found knowledge to the world around you, instead of putting it all into papers and letting it stagnate there. The WGSX program here has helped me grow academically, and more importantly, pushed me to become a more thoughtful, engaged, and compassionate person."
-Johanna Galat, Student-Designed major in WGSX,'12
"At St. Mary's specifically, the WGSX program is important because it's a safe space to foster ideas, promote community, and find like minded people who will engage in an academic discourse in their spare time. Any WGSX program is important because we should know and recognize constructs and boundaries that society creates to oppress and maintain the status quo; with that knowledge, we then work to break away from these outdated values and truly understand the individual and 'other'."
-Lisa Davidson, TFMS,'12
"The WGSX program at St. Mary´s is unique because it is the only program I have found that actively encourages me to not only question our society´s standards, but to change the answers that I don´t like and to do so inside and outside of the classroom. My involvement with WGSX has been one of my favorite experiences at SMCM."
-Joseph Santangelo, Sociology,'13
"The WGSX classes I took at SMCM were by far the most valuable of my undergraduate experience and its professors my most respected and adored mentors."
-Teresa Houk, English,'01