Introduction

The field of Women's Studies has become an important part of university education in the last three decades. Women's Studies focuses on the social construction of gender and explores the roles and contributions of women and men in societies around the world, past and present. Women's Studies also seeks to understand how gender is related to other aspects of social identity and stratification, including race, ethnicity, culture, social class, sexuality, nationality, religion, ability, and other factors that have dramatically shaped women's and men's lives.

Women's Studies majors include both male and female students. Students in our courses receive a quality, liberal arts education. They learn about a wide range of academic approaches that have arisen from such diverse areas as literature, psychology, economics, the sciences, sociology, history, anthropology, the arts, communication, and many others.

Women's Studies students develop important skills in:

• Leadership
• Analytical thinking and problem-solving
• Writing proficiency and expertise
• Applied learning
• Community involvement
• Public speaking
• Collaborative work with others
• A deeper understanding of diverse perspectives and cultural backgrounds

Women's Studies majors pursue careers or graduate education in many different fields, including the law, education, social services, business, counseling, the arts, public administration, and medicine.