What is Women's Studies?
Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program that places women and gender at the center of academic analysis. Students learn how gender affects social relationships, artistic expression, institutional structures, and national and international political, cultural, and economic relations. While centrally concerned with gender dynamics, Women's Studies also explores the ways other dimensions of diversity, including race, ethnicity, nationality, class, sexual orientation, age, and ability shape the experiences of both women and men.
The program offers a twenty-one credit hour minor and a fifteen credit hour certificate that can be earned at the undergraduate or graduate level. Both include a six hour core emphasizing collaborative learning and critical thinking in global, activist, and feminist contexts. The minor and certificate complement a wide variety of majors, including Business, English, Education, Communication, Family and Consumer Sciences, History, Justice Studies, Psychology, and Sociology, and is an excellent preparation for careers in the non-profit sector or in private sector fields such as human resources, marketing, management, education, and law.
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Students Respond to PSU Women's Studies
"I never realized my biases, never really understood the pain caused by my ideas of what women could and should be. I'm a different person now, more compassionate and capable and willing to fight. I'm not ashamed of that. I feel like I'm being honest with myself for the first time in a long while. Real change doesn't seem like pipe dream anymore. It's what we deserve."
"Through Women's Studies I have met a group of strong, like-minded women on campus...My experience raising money for the Crisis Resource Center through the Vagina Monologues allowed me to do great work for the community, build bonds with women on campus and in the community, and use my talents and passion for the arts."
"PSU's Women's Studies Program and the diverse individuals in it have guided, taught, and even argued with me, enabling me to think deeper, act more. Most of all, PSU Women's Studies has taught me the value of being an active participant in the community. The program has and will continue to inspire me to engage the world I live in through outreach at every level."
-Angel Asuncion Reed