Why Women’s Studies?

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A minor in Women’s Studies complements a liberal arts education and helps students find direction in their majors and careers. Alumni have gone on to graduate and professional school in law, sociology, and English, as well as into jobs in education, clinical psychology, and medicine. There are many things to “do” with a Women’s Studies minor.

What students are saying:

  • Arin Cox (History, ’03): “Women’s Studies is useful to both men and women and the minor has taught me that I am not alone in my beliefs …”
  • Natalie Hewitt (History, ’03): “The Women’s Studies program means so much to me. I learned to respect and celebrate the many different views of my fellow women’s studies classmates. Most of all it has allowed me to express my feminine voice openly and be proud of it.”
  • Codye Hill McCann (Psychology, ’04): “I have received a great deal from the Women’s Studies minor. I learned a new way of thinking and it has been very helpful in my other classes.”
  • Sara Ramsey (Religion, ’04): “The Women’s Studies program has been very influential for me. I have learned so much through my classes and from my professors. It has truly been a wonderful experience.”
  • Sarah Carey (English, ’12): “After taking two women’s studies courses at Georgetown College, I have found the program to be an extremely unique experience. The program not only focuses on women’s topics, but encourages participants to strive for an equitable society.”
  • Kyle Huskin (English, ’12): “The Women’s Studies program encourages students to approach their studies and the world from a new perspective. Through these courses, I have come to realize that the personal truly is political and that my own experiences resonate not only with those of my fellow classmates but also with those of women throughout history and across cultures. This is something that will remain with me forever and continue to shape my social interactions.”
  • Adriana Núñez (Sociology, ’12): “The Women’s Studies program offers students great insight into the struggles and achievements of women, both past and present. Taking a women’s studies class added a special element to my course schedule because it is a subject that is not purely academic; it is something that is always relevant and applicable to our society.”

Women’s Studies also helps us ask vital questions related to our own lives and interests, like:

  • Is one born “a woman”? (Simone de Beauvoir)
  • Can the master’s tools dismantle the master’s house? (Audre Lorde)
  • Where are all the women artists and writers? (Anna Banti, Joanna Russ)
  • Is there a feminist promised land? (Irmtraud Morgner)
  • How do the stories we tell construct women, men, and gender? (Angela Carter)

Take some Women’s Studies classes, and look for answers!

 

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