Women and Gender Studies

Heidi (Adele) Rofuth ‘10 WGST-AdeleRofuth
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
WGST, History
Pre-Med

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

My favorite things about the department are that there are so many classes that are extremely relatable to one’s everyday life and that every WGST professor I have had has been extremely supportive, helpful, and knowledgeable. My least favorite thing about the department is that it is so small and that there are very few solely WGST professors.

Important info for potential majors:

WGST is a very multifaceted major where there are many areas for one to choose to concentrate on, and studying WGST will often cause one to view the world slightly differently as well as to understand one’s life and the lives of other’s better.

Talk to me if:

Talk to me if you are the slightest bit interested in WGST. It is an amazing major, and I would be happy to talk to anyone that is interested in any aspect of WGST. I have taken a variety of classes: from The Economics of Fashion (WGST 30) to Sex and Gender in 1950’s Hollywood Film (WGST 56) to Introduction to LGBT Studies (WGST 18).

Most valuable academic info learned:

The most valuable academic info I have learned is to take classes that you are genuinely interested in. I quickly realized at Dartmouth that I was often the most successful in classes that I was naturally drawn to not those that I thought I should take for various reasons.

Favorite class and professor:

My favorite professor is Professor Michael Bronski, and I have taken a few of classes with him because he is such an amazing Professor! My favorite class that I have taken with him would have to be WGST 56: Sex and Gender in 1950’s Hollywood Film. This class was fun, interesting, and eye opening. I would recommend it to anyone interested in WGST!

Major classes taken:

WGST 10, 18, 30, 56, 65

Major journey:

I started out taking WGST 10 my freshman winter because it sounded so interesting, and as soon as I took this class, I could not stop taking more WGST classes. I never specifically planned on majoring in WGST; it was more that I am so interested in this subject that I quickly realized that I could definitely major in WGST because I was taking so many classes due to my overwhelming interest in the many topics in WGST.

Major-specific activities:

Sexual Abuse Peer Advisor; Women in Business – 85 Broads Chair

Thesis status:

I do not plan on writing a thesis as I have decided to double-major in History as well.

Other activities:

Book Buddy Program – Chair; Women in Business – 85 Broads Chair; Delta Delta Delta – Vice-President – Public Relations, 08X; Sexual Abuse Peer Advisor; Ivy Council – Secretary (06F-07S)

Off-campus program:

Spanish LSA in Barcelona, 08W

Internship experience:

The Office of Senator John Kerry, Intern, 08F, Washington, D.C.; Springboard Enterprises, Associate, 08F, Washington, D.C.

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F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Women’s and Gender Studies and an English Minor

Favorite and least favorite thing about department:

WGST has so many cross-listed classes that I consider it one of the main reasons that I have chosen it as a major. The cross-listing allows you to connect with professors from a variety of departments you may not have taken a class in, otherwise. Two of my favorite professors also work in the art history and geography departments.

Important info for potential majors:

Make sure you get the prerequisites out of the way! Taking lower level classes in your senior year (like I will have to do), while you also take upper-level courses will be annoying. AND, having a general background when you reach upper-level courses will be profitable. Also, do not worry about your concentration too much, since you will be taking classes that you are interested, your concentration will more or less come together.

Talk to me if:

if you’re most interested in gender and/in development or women of color. These are my areas of interest and I really like to talk with others and get their opinions on the subject.

Most valuable academic information learned:

Be sure to seek out professors if you need help. Most professors do not mind taking the time out of their schedules to set aside periods for students, and you should not hesitate to take advantage of that. There have been times where I had no idea where to start for papers or research, and taking the time to talk to the professor of the class really made a difference to my understanding.

Favorite class and professor:

I have two! Women, Gender, and Development with Jennifer Fluri and my freshman seminar Visual Cultures of Gender with Adrian Randolph. Both of these classes introduced ideas of gender in the most interesting of ways and both professors helped me in choosing to become a Women’s and Gender Studies major.

Major classes taken:

WGST 10, 16, 30; GEOG 26; Art History 17; English 67

Major journey:

I have been interested in women’s studies since high school. But, upon coming to Dartmouth I was a little reluctant to declare myself a WGST studies major because I was not sure how I would apply my major to my professional life. Then, I realized that my career did not have to be based on my major in college and being able to apply the skills that these courses are teaching me is just as important as knowing and applying the information from the courses.

Other activities:

SAPA, AZD- Member, Afro-American Society-Judiciary Committee (08X), Sir & Madam- Managing Editor, Programming Board

Off-campus program:

French LSA+ in Toulouse 08S; Upcoming- English FSP in Trinidad 09F

Internship experience:

Parks and People- SuperKids Camp, Teacher/Intern, 07X, Baltimore, Maryland I taught 2nd and 3rd grade campers reading skills using phonics and, also, accompanied the campers on various educational enrichment activities. It was an amazing experience.
Lifetime Media, Inc.- Editorial Intern, 09W, I worked on non-fiction and branded titles, participated in making deals with authors and editors. I learned about pitching and selling, working on contracts, licensing, book design, editing, and marketing. And I also researched and wrote book proposals and dealt with administrative and clerical duties.