ACADEMICS

  • Women's Studies

    Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary, academic course of study which lies at the intersection of the traditional academic disciplines such as literature, history, and philosophy in the humanities, psychology and sociology in the social sciences, as well as biology and geography in the natural sciences. Women’s Studies has also found a prominent place in newer and interdisciplinary areas such as education, communications, urban studies and health sciences. Wherever gender issues are germane to a discipline, Women’s Studies can be found, in part as a corrective to the centuries-long tendency of the traditional disciplines to focus mainly or exclusively on men and in part to bring new models of understanding to all areas of study.

    The undergraduate concentration in Women’s Studies brings together courses that focus on women and provide a critical analysis of gender and the related categories of class,
    race and other dimensions of social power. Gaining knowledge about women and men and understanding knowledge generated by Women's Studies helps students to move through a complex contemporary world.

    Requirements for a Concentration in Women’s Studies: 15 credits
    The Women’s Studies concentration is interdisciplinary; it uses a broad variety of academic disciplines in achieving its goals. Students are required to take a total of five Women’s Studies courses from at least two disciplines. It is recommended that students take an introductory course such as WO/UR 103: Introduction to Women’s Studies or WO/PH 150: Women in Western Ideas. Students are also encouraged to engage in some sort of specialized experience such as an independent study, a directed readings course leading to a major paper, a creative project or an internship. Students in Women’s Studies may use courses to simultaneously count for a concentration in Women’s Studies and other Worcester State University requirements.