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Women’s Studies is an international discipline that focuses on gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, nation, and language as a means of understanding social systems and making meaningful contributions to a range of fields. Through a feminist perspective, women’s studies looks at how gender organizes and divides the world, and how individuals can make a difference for women and girls, along with wider human rights and environmental causes.
Women’s Studies prepares students to contribute to a variety of fields—as advocates for justice, human rights, and equality
We offer distinct opportunities to get involved in organizations through internships, service-learning, and professional development series
Our department is supported by an active Friends of Women’s Studies organization that provides three scholarships, a range of events, and networking opportunities
Women’s Studies graduates work in a range of fields—from social work, to law, to education, and international development. This department allows students to learn theories of social justice and apply them to benefit not only women and girls, yet a range of contexts where graduates can promote equality and human rights
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This course will examine ways that women have been actively involved in environmental issues from earliest history through today. Students will assess their own connection to place and examine and access ecofeminist theory and national and global environmental justice movements, along with briefly reviewing gender and farming practices. Finally, the course will examine how climate change issues are affecting lives around the globe, including ours, and question how gender-, race-, and class-sensitive responses to the environmental challenges facing our planet can be created. Prerequisite: ENGL 110C.
An exploration of women as designers and users of technology and of the impact of technology on women's lives across the world. Variations in women's experiences by race, class, and culture will be stressed, along with particular focus on global developments that shape the context of women's and men's lives. Prerequisites: Three semester hours in human behavior or history.
Advanced seminars on selected topics. The subject matter is usually be interdisciplinary. These seminars are more fully described on the women's studies website and in material distributed each semester to academic advisors.
Students entering the BA,BS program in Women's Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
To declare a Women's Studies major, students must see an advisor in the Women's Studies Department. All Women's Studies majors are required to have a conference with their advisor before each semester (preferably during preregistration).
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