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Become versed in and apply feminist and gender theories as they examine the range of cultural practices and social influences that shape our perceptions of gender, sexuality, and bodies with a major or minor in Gender and Body Studies.

Cabrini is the first institution in the nation to offer an undergraduate degree in Gender and Body Studies.

Contact Information

Michelle Filling-Brown, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor, English

At a glance:

Total credits for major


Total credits for minor


Projected job growth to 2024*


Gender and Body Studies Program Details

The Gender and Body Studies major and minor intellectually ground students in the texts, theoretical frameworks, and cultural influences that define the scholarly disciplines of Gender and Body Studies.

Students in this program will investigate and research cultural representations of male and female identity (especially in film and the Internet) and social constructions of body image, as well as contemporary media depictions of race, gender, ability, and sexuality.

The concepts of diversity, inclusivity, and disposition will inform many of the courses, as students explore cultural representations and social constructions of body image, race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality.

The purpose of this program is to expose students to the historical trajectory of Gender Studies and its impact on social justice issues in contemporary society and to encourage undergraduate research in the emerging area of Body Studies.

Through this reading- and writing-intensive program, students will become shrewd interpreters of culture and distinctive communicators in oral and written form. Gender and Body Studies program participants become critical and creative thinkers who are well-prepared for a variety of careers and graduate study.

All students pursuing a degree in Gender and Body Studies will have the opportunity to present their research at the National Body Image Conference, hosted biennially at Cabrini.

Employment Outlook

Students who choose to major in Gender and Body Studies may find internship and job opportunities that lead to the following careers:

  • Advocate
  • Counselor
  • Educator
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legislator
  • Lobbyist
  • Physician
  • Public relations professional
  • Writer

Program Highlights

  • Reading- and writing-intensive program
  • Opportunity to present research at the Cabrini-hosted National Body Image Conference
  • Encourages critical and creative thinking

Skills Learned

  • Demonstrate written and oral command of the English language that reflects its potential as a communicative, persuasive, and creative medium
  • Find, retrieve, evaluate, and present information relevant to an issue or problem, using appropriate attribution, via information literacy
  • Demonstrate the intersections and distinctions between Gender Studies, Women’s Studies, and Body Studies, and articulate the major historical moments within these fields
  • Analyze texts using a variety of theoretical perspectives and approaches related to gender, feminist, and queer theories
  • Analyze how societal institutions and power structures impact human experience based on individual sex, gender, and body
  • Articulate connections between international, national, and local issues related to Gender and Body Studies and their relationship to human rights and social justice

*Employment projections taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for employment category: Community and social service occupations.

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