Global Women's Studies Program
The Global Women's Studies minor educates students in the findings, theories, and interdisciplinary methodologies fundamental to understanding the influence of gender on lived experience, while fostering critical thinking and superior scholarship. The minor introduces students to issues, institutions, and structures that affect women’s lives and often limit their potential and, additionally, acquaints students with some of the contributions women have made throughout history and continue to make around the world. GWS minors can analyze and evaluate the ways society affects the multiple realities of women’s lives and maintains inequalities, can recognize and assess women’s voices and achievements, and can communicate clearly and persuasively. These skills and knowledge can help prepare graduates to work toward solutions to the many kinds of problems that women face, and that, by extension, negatively affect the lives of men and children in their families as well.
A Global Women's Studies minor enhances and broadens educational and employment opportunities in any discipline. The minor trains students to look at issues and questions from unique historical and contemporary perspectives. Global Women's Studies minors are prepared to pursue graduate study in a variety of fields or professional schools; to enter the workforce in the corporate world or in non-governmental organizations; or to fill important roles in government and community organizations. GWS students develop skills valued by potential employers, including the ability to
- write critically and speak persuasively,
- gather and interpret information,
- recognize and analyze inequities,
- understand gendered issues in the workplace,
- identify gendered assumptions and views about products and advertising, and
- perceive which voices are left out of a conversation.
These skills are increasingly in demand in many fields, including business and industry, public relations, law, health care, advocacy-related positions, social work, human resources, education, counseling, and government service.