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Welcome to Women's and
Gender Studies!

Priscilla Atkins
Women's and Gender Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies is a discipline; it is also a space where disciplines converge and are questioned. Women's and Gender Studies students engage in the world and seek to make a difference.

Current and former students attributed much of their growth and development while at Hope College directly to their experiences in women’s studies. Hope has a strong program that provides an institutional “home” for over 30 majors and minors and 40+ faculty affiliated with the program. The most honest and important praise comes from our students. As a recent graduate told us,

"Continue in faith that you’re doing good work, making tremendous change in your students’ lives, and creating a beautiful, saving, caring place on Hope’s campus… You’ve changed, challenged, rescued, delighted, and believed in me, and I will carry myself differently, with more confidence in the world because of you."

Women's and Gender Studies is liberal arts at its best. It is more than a classroom education; Women's and Gender Studies is about personal and intellectual growth. Students are encouraged to question and learn from one another thereby empowering them to be agents of social justice.

Many opportunities exist for students that wish to explore a Women's Studies major or minor. We trust that you will find, as previous students have discovered, that Women's Studies becomes much more than an academic discipline. It evolves into an integral and transforming part of your education.

Five Reasons to Study
Women's and Gender Studies


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First four women graduates of Hope College:
Sarah Alcott 1882
Frances Phelps Otte 1882
Lizzie Phelps 1885
Mary Alcott Drekema 1885HC

(Collection of the Joint Archives of Holland)