Women’s StudiesWomen’s Studies
Borrowing from the skills and information found in related fields, such as English, history, and sociology, Women’s Studies examines the ways in which women have helped to shape and define the world. At the core of Women’s Studies are the contributions women have made to politics, culture, history, arts and sciences, and society. These contributions are combined with a set of critical and theoretical approaches that allow you the freedom to examine how race, gender, sexuality, and nationality have influenced the way women have lived and worked in both the past and present. Women’s Studies majors explore some of the most difficult and troubling questions of our society. If you major in women’s studies, you will have the opportunity to think and write critically about the experiences women have had throughout history, and how these experiences have shaped our understanding of our society (that includes men). By considering various controversial issues through multiple perspectives, the Women’s Studies major encourages debate and critical thinking, while at the same time developing your skills and ability to think and argue effectively.
A major in Women’s Studies requires that you know how to read, think, and write critically. To this end, a strong background in the liberal arts will help prepare you for the level of intellectual engagement you will encounter at the college level. A lot of English, history, and a psychology class or two will serve you well. Community service experiences that deal with issues related to women are great opportunities to see how this major can be applied.