Women's and Gender Studies was founded as a certificate program at Santa Clara in 1981. Over the years we added a minor, a companion major, and then a stand-alone major. WGST is now a full department in the College of Arts and Sciences, granting a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) Program is a multidisciplinary program that provides an integrated approach to understanding the social and cultural constructions of gender that shape the experiences of women and men in society. With its roots in social justice movements of the last three decades, the methods and goals of Women’s and Gender Studies support the University’s mission of education informed by both ethical and intellectual values. In addition to educating undergraduates in traditional classroom environments, the program pursues its goals by providing opportunities for civic engagement through internships, supporting faculty scholarship on gender issues across the disciplines, and presenting diverse co-curricular programming for the university.


Submissions from 2011


Gender, Genre and Slavery: The Other Rowson, Rowson's Others, Eileen Elrod

Submissions from 2010

Phillis Wheatley’s Abolitionist Text: The 1834 Edition, Eileen Razzari Elrod

Submissions from 1999


Harriet Wilson and the White Reader: Authority and Audience in Our Nig, Eileen Razzari Elrod

Submissions from 1997

Rebellion, Restraint, and New England Religion: The Ambivalent Feminism of Mary Wilkins Freeman, Eileen Razzari Elrod

Submissions from 1996


Truth is Stranger than Non-Fiction: Gender, Religion, and Contradiction in the Works of Rose Terry Cooke, Eileen Razzari Elrod

Submissions from 1995


‘Exactly Like MyFather’: Feminist Hermeneutics inHarriet Beecher Stowe’s Non-Fiction, Eileen Razzari Elrod