Gender Studies Program

Gender Studies Program

 The mission of the Gender Studies Program is inspired by John Jay College’s core mission, “Educating for Justice.” 

 

Artistic representation of black feminist abolitionist scholar Angela Davis

Gender Studies majors and minors learn how to advance knowledge about the social construction of gender as it intersects with sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and other aspects of self. Learn how power, privilege, and identity shape your everyday experiences. Learn how the idea of gender itself structures inequality relationally and socially, locally and transnationally. Learn how feminists have changed the world and continue to do so! Learning feminist and LGBTQ+ theories, methodologies, and ways-of-knowing provides you the tools needed to identify systemic oppression and, importantly, the socio-historical methods of disrupting systemic oppression, including demands for representation and inclusion.
 
Intersectional feminist thought, like Indigenous feminisms, Black womanism, Black feminisms, Chicana & Latinx feminisms, are emphasized. The program offers two academic programs of study:
 
 
Becuase we are a Program and not a Department, faculty from across JJC teach feminist critical thought around the gendering of everyday life, developing students into "fierce advocates for justice," our JJC motto. We do so in service of a vision of emancipatory educational liberation and justice, in support of JJC’s status as a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
 
Gender Studies provides students with an understanding of the social, historical, political, cultural, and socio-legal forces that have long inhibited the attainment of justice and equality for cisgender women, transgender women and men, non-binary people, and LGBQ+ people. Our courses question the gender binary and the normalization of straightness via intersectional examinations of how identity and inequality mutually reinforce each other. 
 
The Gender Studies Program mission is to be imaginative and aspirational in service of teaching and scholarship that are intersectional, feminist, transnational, decolonial, and anti-racist. 
 
Please contact Gender Studies Director Crystal Jackson with questions or for advisement: Crjackson@jjay.cuny.edu.