Social Progress, Social Change

social progress, social change

This FIG explores anti-racist, feminist approaches to developing ethical ambition, achieving success, and pursuing happiness.


Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package*:

*Courses in the FIG package may be subject to change

WGS 199 College Connections - FIG Seminar, 1-credit

WGS 101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

Placing women's experiences at the center of interpretation, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS 101) introduces basic concepts and perspectives in Women's and Gender Studies. Focusing on contemporary issues (with some reference to historical trends), we will examine lived experience with a particular emphasis on how gender interacts with other social constructs such as race, class, sexuality, and ability. “Women, Difference, and Power” is an interdisciplinary course that touches on the fields of sociology, psychology, philosophy, history, media, literature, and art in order to introduce students to the study of women and gender in American society.

ES 101 Introduction to Ethnic Studies - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

This course will introduce you to the academic field of Ethnic Studies, the interdisciplinary and comparative study of race, ethnicity and indigeneity in the United States. It will survey how racism and white supremacy, settler colonialism and colonialism have shaped the histories and experiences of people of color. It also explores how these systems of domination are intimately tied to issues of gender, class, and sexuality. Special attention is paid to how domination and acts of resistance create and recreate racial subjects.