Bellarmine logo

Women's Studies


Womens Studies

What Is Women's Studies?

Women's Studies is an exciting new field focusing on women's accomplishments and situations across the globe and throughout history. It is not simply the study of women, but rather the study of women which places women's own experiences in the center of the process. When we do that, we engage in a critical review of our society, deriving a vision of social justice which is basic to feminist thought.


Why Study Women's Studies?

Upon completing a Women's Studies degree,

  • Students understand, with a critical perspective, the complex ways gender shapes the world, particularly in relation to race, sexuality, class, and other social factors;
  • They learn new methodologies and theoretical tools, not only to ask different questions of academic disciplines from women's perspectives, but also to imagine new ways of transforming those fields;
  • They acquire a strong commitment to social justice for women of all ethnicities, races, nationalities, social classes, sexualities, and abilities;
  • They learn to express themselves well both orally and in writing.








What Can I Expect as a Student in Women's Studies?

All of our classes are taught by professors, not graduate assistants. They are small (seldom more than twenty or twenty-five). Students can expect academic assistance if they need it. Women's Studies faculty members are experienced in academic advising, and know where students need to go for assistance. In short, our students can expect a lot of personal attention.


What Can I Do With a Degree in Women's Studies?

Like other Liberal Arts subjects, Women's Studies does not offer job or career training as such. However, the education we offer in critical thinking, oral and written expression, and about the experiences of half of humankind is invaluable for a variety of jobs and careers.

Women's Studies is an excellent background for studies in law, medicine, nursing, counseling, education, business, management and many other fields in which an understanding of people is essential. Many of our recent graduates have chosen law. Across the country current graduates typically "choose careers that allow them to effect large-scale change" (Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall). "This current generation is bridging scholarship, activism and media" (Deborah Siegel). (Both quotations are from Ms., Spring, 2007, p. 66). One can even become the President of Harvard University with a background in Women's Studies. Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust, the new President of Harvard and a historian, was previously the Director of Women's Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and founded the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.


Are Men Welcome in Women's Studies?

Yes. In fact, Women's Studies critically examines ideals of masculinity as social constructions that oppress men. We have men both as faculty members and as students.