Women’s Studies provides an opportunity to consider traditional disciplines from a feminist perspective, to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of women’s experiences, to study women’s roles, images, and accomplishments, and to examine the ways in which gender is socially, culturally, and historically constructed. The goals of the Women’s Studies Minor are to approach the new scholarship on women and work by women from a variety of theoretical perspectives derived from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, to debunk myths and dispel prejudice about and toward women, and to eliminate gender stereotypes. Courses in the minor will address questions such as:
- What makes women’s experiences different from men’s?
- How do cultural stereotypes and gender restrictions affect sexuality, family, work, politics, and the arts?
- How does society construct the distribution of power, status, and knowledge across gender lines?
- Why have women’s achievements, both past and present, been devalued or ignored?
- How does feminist theory challenge the assumptions that underlie the traditional disciplines?
The Women’s Studies Minor offers students an open and supportive environment for discussing relevant issues of gender not often raised in other courses. It provides an opportunity for both traditional and nontraditional students to engage I an informative exchange of ideas, experiences, and struggles. It allows students to reevaluate career and life-style choices. It promotes students’ ability to address women’s needs, rights, and interests in their chosen fields. It enables students to learn to analyze more critically political issues related to women, and empowers students to challenge sexism. Women’s Studies asks students to reexamine habitual ways of thinking about the world, providing opportunities with community organizations arranged through the Susan B. Anthony Women’s Center.