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Colleen Corrigan

Women, Gender & Sexuality

Wixom, Michigan
Women, Gender, and Sexuality and History
Study Abroad:
Clermont-Ferrand, France
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked
Best Adjective to Describe You:

In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Academics must critique the world we live in and the way we learn about it.

What initially drew you to this department? What keeps you coming back?
I took a women’s history class and that sparked interest in learning about contemporary issues and theory regarding the subject as well. I keep coming back because there is so much to learn about the field as it is so interdisciplinary. In addition, the courses provide a space for meaningful and thoughtful conversations about a subject I am passionate about.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
WGS is involved with many other departments so take classes in multiple fields! It builds relationships with professors across campus and gives insight into many other areas of study.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I was initially just a history major, but WGS fit in well with my interests in the field. As I study women’s history my knowledge of both contemporary and older thoughts on feminism, intersectionality, etc. influence my thoughts and understanding of the history I learn. Outside of academics, I am very involved in women’s rights activism and politics. WGS has provided me with a base of information that has benefitted me in political and social discussions on current issues.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Don’t give into the stress culture. It doesn’t matter who has more pages to read and papers to write; focus on yourself and getting your work done without making it a competition.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Women’s History from 1870 to Present with Dr. Boyer Lewis. Dr. Boyer Lewis is a great professor and her class pointed me towards what I would like to study in the future. I had learned history from a very white, male perspective and this opened up the field of history and women, gender, and sexuality to me. It was both the most interesting and influential class I have taken at Kalamazoo College.

What is your SIP?
I am researching and writing on weddings in Victorian America.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I would like to return to France and teach English for a year or two before pursuing my PhD in history.

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