The Gender & Women's Studies Program is a member of the Department of Diversity & Community Studies. Our mission is to broaden women's and men's knowledge of gender dynamics, globally
and historically, with an emphasis on issues central to women's lives. Through an
interdisciplinary classroom experience, community outreach, and special events, the
Gender & Women's Studies Program advances understanding of the social and cultural
institutions and practices that affect us.
sharpen ability to critically analyze gender issues
encourage the practice of feminist scholarship
enhance intellectual and personal growth
foster an atmosphere in which diversity and sustainability are valued
advocate ethical conduct, social justice, and responsible global citizenship
Why a Gender & Women's Studies minor or graduate certificate?
Drawing on historical perspectives and cultural analysis, Gender & Women’s Studies
examines the social construction of gender and the intersections of gender with race,
ethnicity, class, nationality, disability, age and sexuality. The GWS minor and
graduate certificate address the ways in which these factors shape our daily lives.
Gender & Women's Studies builds on the critical thinking, speaking, writing, and
organizational skills that you acquire in your major. Because GWS is an interdisciplinary
program, we help you learn how to make connections and to understand the "bigger picture"
in ways that will enhance your educational program.
Gender & Women’s Studies is one of the most important fields of inquiry to emerge
in higher education in the past forty years or so. Founded in 1990, Western Kentucky
University’s Gender & Women’s Studies program seeks to enrich the lives of all students
with learning that is truly transformative. Our students often say that our classes
and program provide a supportive, intellectually stimulating, and inspiring environment
that provides the potential for personal and professional growth.
A recent survey conducted through the Association of American Colleges and Universities
found that the areas in which graduates were least prepared, in terms of functioning
in their careers, ranged from global knowledge, self-direction, adaptability, ethical
judgment, and self-knowledge to such skills as writing, critical thinking, oral communication,
and intercultural sensitivity.
Such skills appear to be increasingly needed, as our worlds become more and more complex,
interconnected, and global. As important as it is to be appreciated for your skills,
it's just as crucial to know how to interpret the world and your experience in it.
Gender & Women's studies helps you gain that kind of breadth of knowledge and experience.
After graduation, Gender & Women's Studies graduates often find meaningful work in
the following areas: (click here for list)
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