According to an essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education, three books recently published by university presses illustrate how gender studies departments around the nation have expanded their teachings to better include male issues in addition to the traditional women’s issues taught in universities.
Camille Paglia, author of the essay, stresses that the “stultifying clichés of gender studies” is still apparent in higher education however.
MU began its Women’s Studies program in 1971. In 2002 the department changed its name to Women’s and Gender Studies. While the department still offers numerous courses geared specifically toward the subjects of women, within the past ten years many courses have been added that better “integrate women’s, gender, and/or queer studies with analyses of race, ethnicity, religion, spirituality, nationality.”
WGST 2080- Gender Freedom: Sexuality and Gender Beyond Borders, is an example of such a course. The course examines how society impacts the way understandings we all harbor about gender roles.