Advising is a process through which students examine themselves, explore their opportunities, determine their best-fit educational paths, and develop action plans for achieving their university degrees. Academic advisors facilitate this process. Additionally, advisors advocate for students in the university system, serve as resource brokers for the university community, and help students thrive in a large university setting.
The Women's Studies Advisor is responsible for giving you information regarding your
degree plan (Undergraduate/Graduate Minor or Graduate Certificate), monitoring your
progress, and helping you in areas such as scholarships, transfer of credit, etc.
All students are required to meet with the Women's Studies Academic Advisor, each semester prior to advance registration to review their degree progress, discuss schedule planning, and address any questions or concerns student may have in their educational experience.
There are * 652 women’s and gender studies programs at community colleges, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
In 1981, the Women’s Studies Program was approved by ASCAP as an interdisciplinary program. Two students decided to pursue the minor that year. As of today, the program has grown to include curriculum for credit toward the Core Curriculum in the area of the Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Additionally, since 2006 the Women’s Studies Program participates in the Graduate Certificate Program (GCP), offering a specialist inter-disciplinary sub-field in women’s, gender, and identity studies for doctoral and master’s degree candidates. The GCP also functions as a stand-alone credential useful for professionals.
If you are interested in adding to your critical thinking skills and focusing on a career that intersects multiple perspectives of diversity, our program will be a good addition to your academic plan. For more information see the following:
* Source: “Mapping Women’s and Gender Studies: A National Census of Women’s and Gender Studies Programs in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education”, NORC Project 6433.01.62, Dec. 2007, The National Women’s Studies Association: http://www.nwsa.org/PAD/database/index.php
This is not an uncommon question for all students when they begin to choose their major/minor for their degree. Although, for students that choose to minor in Women's Studies Programs the question seems to be more persistently asked. It is difficlut to get a picture of women's studies as a field due to the number of graduates out in the workforce and the kinds of career paths being chosen. Women's Studies prepares graduates to work in various careers that may or may not be specific to a particular expectation such as other fields of study that may train for a specific career path.
Women's Studies offers a student a unique set of skills learned through women’s studies programs: empowerment, self-confidence, critical thinking, building community, and understanding differences and intersections among racism, homophobia, sexism, classism, ableism, anti-Semitism and other types of oppression.
Below is a list of resources to review to further answer this question.
There are *652 women’s and gender studies programs at community colleges, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
* Source: NWSA
You should see the advisor at least once a year - a short meeting with him/her may save you time and money.