Courses in Women’s Studies enrich students’ lives, studies, and future careers by expanding our understanding of women’s accomplishments and involvement in all fields of knowledge. By recognizing that no single subject can adequately address women’s diverse experiences, Women’s Studies interdisciplinary courses allow students of every major or minor field to complement and critique the traditional perspectives of the social sciences, the arts, humanities, and the sciences.
Courses focus primarily on women and gender-related subjects (e.g. sexuality, gender roles, gender development) from a feminist/Women’s perspective. Students may evaluate the diverse situations of women (locally and globally), and examine the social forces that shape women’s experiences in these situations. The interaction of systems of oppression such as white supremacy, racism, capitalism, imperialism, sexism, heterosexism, anti-Semitism, and ableism are emphasized.
Leadership Skills: developed through internships, independent studies, seminars, social activism, and special projects in close relationship with committed faculty mentors.
Field Studies: integrated into courses addressing women’s issues in countries ranging from Mexico to Morocco.
Service Learning: through courses integrating academic study with volunteer work in public service agencies.
Please regard the official Women’s Studies Program Minor Map when planning for required core courses and electives.