Lauren Smith, Chair
Women's Studies Department
About the Programs
The experiences, roles and achievements of women, as well as the issues impacting women, are the focus of the Women's Studies Department. Students learn about current research and theories about women and gain practical knowledge to help them in their lives and careers. Women's studies courses analyze social conditions and promote constructive change.
Students can pursue a 33-credit major, 21-credit minor, 15-hour certificate or gender and ethnic studies minor offered jointly with the Race and Ethnic Studies Program.
The Women's Resource Center gives students the opportunity to serve as coordinators for events related to gender, including those which address women's safety issues. Students can also participate in P.E.A.C.E., IMPACT, SAGE, or BRIDGE.
Students are encouraged to make internships part of their regular coursework. Opportunities are available through organizations like the National Organization for Women, Women and Poverty Initiative, Planned Parenthood, People Against Domestic Abuse, Equal Employment Opportunities Commission and the Association for the Prevention of Family Violence, Inc.
Graduates of the women's studies program go on to work in a number of settings, including counseling, business, communication, public and community service, and public health and law.