Lauren Collins

Name: Lauren Collins 

Major: Sociology-Criminology 

Minor: WGS 

Graduation date: Spring 2016 

Plans after graduation: 
I accepted a full time job at the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office and I will start the Monday following graduation. I plan to go to law school next fall (2017), but until then I will work full time. 

Why did you choose to major/minor in WGS:
I chose to minor in WGS because I had already taken several WGS courses during my time at OU. I didn’t have many more hours to complete for the minor when I was enrolling for my senior year. I love that I decided to continue taking WGS courses to fulfill the minor. 

What do you like about majoring/minoring in WGS: 
What I love most about minoring in WGS is that it complements my sociology major very well. They are closely knit and overlap many of the same topics. I have learned a lot about social justice, reproductive justice, equal opportunities in the workplace, gender quality, and much, much more. Being able to minor in WGS and take extremely interesting courses has been the highlight of my time here. The topics that are covered in the courses I have taken have sparked an interest that I will continue to learn about/keep up with after graduation. I like that ‘Women and Gender Studies’ exceeded my expectations that the topics and courses would solely be about women; they are very inclusive of the opposite gender and are welcoming to all sexual identities. The professors that teach the WGS courses are some of the kindest and most knowledgeable professors I know. WGS has also allowed me the opportunity to become involved with the Gender and Equality Center; I was able to become a Sooner Ally and advocate equality for all. 

Why is WGS important to you: 
Women and Gender Studies is important to me because it has allowed me to study both women and gender and how they are constructed socially, visually, legally and historically. It is important to understand race, class, sexual orientation, etc when studying world events, social and political changes as well as interpersonal relationships. I feel like I am a better person having gained the knowledge I have via WGS courses. I have been able to understand the basic principles of WGS as well as the ways in which gender and communication relate between one another. In all I have learned, I am now able to apply the concepts and theories to the ‘real’ world and be a better person. 

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