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Women's Studies



Women's Studies Program


What is Women's Studies?

Women's Studies explores the diversity of women's experiences and their contributions historically and across cultures. Its primary category of analysis is the concept of gender, defined as a pervasive social construction that both reflects and governs power and opportunity. Women's Studies examines knowledge and practices of the world in the light of gender differences and suggests new ways to conceptualize the relations between the self and the everchanging global communities. It is interdisciplinary, drawing on the humanities, arts, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Why major or minor in Women's Studies?

Because of the growing importance of women's concerns globally, undergraduates with a concentration in Women's Studies are well prepared for professional programs in law, medicine, and business, as well as graduate programs in social work, education, and arts and sciences. Indeed, students who major in Women's Studies, whether or not they choose to go on to professional or graduate school, are especially well positioned to work in education, policy institutions, development, media, social work, and the private sector.

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