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Women's Studies

The Major

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.  The Women's Studies major and minor offers the opportunity to engage in a critical review of society, deriving a vision of social justice that is basic to feminist thought.  Program graduates go into law, medicine, government service, community organizations as well as many other fields.


What Do Women's Studies Majors Do?

Women's Studies majors participate in a vibrant interdisciplinary program of study that places women at the center of traditional disciplines in which they have been historically marginalized.  Women's Studies students acquire a critical understanding of the complex ways gender shapes the world, particularly in relation to race, sexuality, class and other social factors.  They gain a strong commitment to social justice for women of all ethnicities, learn new methodologies and theoretical tools, and learn to express themselves well both orally and in writing.








Is This Major Right for You?

The Women's Studies major may be right for you if you:

  • are interested in gender issues
  • seek social change
  • have interdisciplinary interests
  • enjoy both service and research
  • enjoy being taught by professors in small classes


About Our Faculty

Our faculty members are experts in topics such as feminist theories, gender and communication, women and environmental justice, gender and media, and the intersection of gender, race, class, and sexuality.  Our faculty are award winning teachers, active researchers and published scholars.  Our affiliated faculty come from departments such as African American Studies, Biology, Chicano/a Studies, Communication Studies, English, Film, History, Political Science, and Sociology.