Why Study Women's & Gender Studies?
Why should I study Women's Studies?
This question seems to be the most popular question that academic programs and departments that focus on the humanities in education are asked. Here are a few points to help answer this question:
- Flexibility – fits well with another major or strong minor and possible to complete the credits for the Women’s Studies major in four semesters.
- Offers a variety and diverse perspectives on broad array of topics such as intersectionality of race, class and gender. (See Cross-Listed Courses)
- Lots of choice in course work – you can design your Undergraduate Minor or Graduate Minor or Certificate to fit your interests and needs using cross-listed courses and electives
- Women’s Studies courses offer insight into topics and issues meaningful to students who care about diversity, humanity, society and the world
- Women’s Studies faculty are from a variety of disciplines
- Other campus faculty are affiliated with Women's Studies
Women's Studies Classes
The Women’s Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary Undergraduate Minor for students who want to gain an in-depth understanding of the way in which gender plays a critical role in the lives of women and men. In your Women’s Studies classes you will examine the cultural and social construction of gender, explore the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and learn the influences of gender on the lives of both women and men.
The program emphasizes critical thinking across disciplines, which is vital to success in any career you choose. You will learn how to critically evaluate practices, beliefs and standards about gender that shape the opportunities that women and men face in their daily lives. You can use these skills in a variety of careers in order to be a more successful leader in any organization, a better colleague who will know how to be effective in diverse work settings and someone whose insights into differences will benefit you when working with clients or other key players in your career.
Many Women Studies students report that their courses have had a profound impact on their lives by providing them with a means of understanding their experiences as women and men in society. Women’s Studies not only focus on experiences such as domestic violence, discrimination in the workplace, and gender differences in the division of labor at home, but gives a foundation for understanding the root cause of these experiences, which is the first step to making for a better life for women and men.
Women’s Studies students often use their skills to benefit their local communities, homes and societies. Insights from the knowledge gained, the ability to use critical thinking and the sensitivity toward the influence of gender is often used by students who volunteer in their communities. Many Women’s Studies students make a commitment to making the lives of women, men and children better, such as counseling victims of domestic violence, working on rape crisis hotlines, and other social service projects.
What Can I Do with this Minor?
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.
- WSP Career Guide - TTU Women's Studies Program
- Connecting Majors/Minors with careers - TTU Career Center
- Mapping Women's and Gender Studies Data Collection - NWSA report
- "The Evolution of American Women's Studies" - Inside Higher Ed
- What can I do with a Women's Studies degree? - Ms. Magazine
- National Women's Studies Association - Defining Women's & Gender Studies
What are students saying about our program?
There are *652 women’s and gender studies programs at community colleges, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
* Source: NWSA
What can I do with this Minor?
You should see the advisor at least once a year - a short meeting with him/her may save you time and money.
- All students are required to meet with the Women's Studies Academic Advisor(s), each semester prior to advance registration to review their degree progress, discuss schedule planning, and address any questions or concerns the student may have in their educational experience.
Catalogs & Course Descriptions
- Undergraduate Advisor
- Graduate Advisor