Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS WOMEN'S STUDIES AS A PROGRAM OF STUDY?
Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study, consisting of courses taught in various departments throughout SCSU. A course identified as Women's Studies focuses on the study of gender roles, the social construction of gender, women's issues, achievements and/or women's place in societies both past and present.
Women's Studies, in all of its diversity, has a goal of a world free of not only sexism, but also of racism, class bias, ageism, and heterosexual bias — in other words, a world free of all the ideologies and institutions that have consciously or unconsciously oppressed and exploited some for the advantage of others.
WHAT CAN A WOMEN'S STUDIES MINOR DO FOR ME?
In general, a Women's Studies minor will provide you with:
- A solid understanding of women's experiences
- Insight of gender issues that can enhance both personal & professional relationships
- Awareness of social & cultural issues
- Universal & inclusive knowledge of the world
- Critical thinking skills
What Would I study in a WMS Course?
Women's Studies courses offer perspectives on women's lives and experiences throughout the world, including celebrating women's talents and triumphs as well as exploring women's histories, oppressions, struggles, and everyday experiences.
Studies also include feminist concepts of gender as a social construct and how men and women may be privileged, ignored, demeaned, denied, and/or misrepresented, as a result of the gendering process.
DO MEN TAKE WMS COURSES?
Absolutely! Men in SCSU's Women's Studies courses consistently report that the WMS Program enlightens them on matters deeply affecting their own lives, their personal relationships, their social networks, and the world at large. Men take WMS courses to learn more about gender issues that affect both their personal and professional well-being and to understand the social construction of gender.
WHAT WOULD A WMS MINOR HELP ME WITH FUTURE CAREER GOALS?
As with any minor, what the Women's Studies Program can do for you depends largely on how you use it! Because the Women's Studies Program is interdisciplinary, it provides you with a wide range of course content, contributing significantly to your credibility and knowledge base. The specific aim of the Women's Studies Program is to better prepare students for careers in academia, law, government, journalism, social work, the arts, librarianship, education, business, or other areas where we deal directly or indirectly with women's concerns or needs or where we engage in other occupations concerned with gender issues.
HOW DO WMS COURSES COUNT IN MY OWN PROGRAM OF STUDY?
You may find that some Women's Studies courses count toward electives in your major, or they may serve as university electives. You can also declare a Women's Studies Minor!
WHY ARE WMS COURSES LISTED WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS?
Because Women's Studies is interdisciplinary, you have the opportunity to explore gender and women's issues from a variety of perspectives and content areas. When you reference the WMS section of your course schedule, you will see that the courses are cross-listed with other department, meaning professors from various departments throughout the university offer WMS courses. These departments include:
- Honors College
- Media Studies
- Political Science
- Public Health
- Special Education
- World Languages & Literature