College of Arts & Sciences

The Women and Gender Studies Program is established in the spirit of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, whose life of activism, spirituality and leadership serves as an inspiration to our community. The program embraces, as does the University as a whole, the life of Elizabeth Ann Seton as a model and example.

The Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women’s Studies seeks to create a supportive and challenging learning environment that prepares students for effective and responsible participation and leadership in their professional, academic, spiritual and family lives.

The center seeks to uphold the goal of the University’s mission statement to create a curriculum that helps students understand the nature of the world and the human person. The creation of the Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women’s Studies Program draws on traditions that continue to inspire the University that bears her name and invokes the spirit of her vision to face the challenges of the new millennium.

As a minor (18 credits), Women and Gender Studies is an excellent complement to virtually any major. It will strengthen students’ academic preparation and better prepare them for a competitive and rapidly changing job market. Students’ preparation for the professions (law, medicine, education) and the corporate world will be greatly enhanced by a rigorous analysis of gender and its importance in the wider culture. Students who have explored the disciplines through the gender lens will be better prepared to understand the complexities of the work world. The Women and Gender Studies minor at Seton Hall University is an interdisciplinary exploration of the experiences of women and the diverse perspectives on women and gender. Courses will investigate the roles of gender in society and culture.

To talk to a faculty adviser, contact Vanessa May, Ph.D., director of the Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women’s Studies, at or (973) 761-9447.

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