Eddy Hall, Room 210
Coordinated by the Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research
The graduate level Women’s Study Interdisciplinary Studies program will be discontinued effective Spring 2018. Students in the Women's Study Interdisciplinary Studies program should contact the director of the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research.
No new students are being accepted. Students interested in this field of study should contact the department for more information regarding a new graduate certificate in Gender, Power and Difference, pending final approval for accepting students in Spring 2017.
The Women’s Study interdisciplinary studies programs prepare individuals for the needs and opportunities of an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. The graduate-level program in Women’s Study is for students who for professional and/or personal reasons wish to supplement their graduate programs of study. At the graduate level, the program presumes a background in Women’s Studies courses or substantial work, paid or volunteer, in a Women’s Studies applied area of work or service. The Women’s Study interdisciplinary studies programs uniquely fills CSU’s central mission and contributes to intersectional, interpersonal, intercultural, and international understandings. Women’s studies transform traditional disciplinary assumptions and theories, creates innovative models for teaching and research, and develops practices for challenging systems of power and privilege.
Upon completion of the program of study, students will demonstrate:
- Knowledge of academic disciplines from feminist and intersectional perspectives
- An understanding of the historic and contemporary contributions of women of all cultures
- Effective oral communication, writing, and research skills
- An increase in critical thinking, intellectual, and personal growth
- A critical ideological understanding regarding women and gender implicit in social institutions
Contemporary career opportunities can be directly enhanced by students who have a women’s studies background. Students acquire jobs in the non-profit sector, such as international relief agencies, domestic violence agencies, homeless shelters, after school programs, and children and family services. Other fields our students have entered include public relations, counseling, union organizing, public policy and research, victim advocacy, and human/civil rights. In several areas such as journalism, communication, business, law, education, and human services, it is now common to choose a career that has a direct focus on women and gender.
In areas that have not traditionally focused on women and gender, an awareness of the history and culture of feminism, women and the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexism can enhance a person’s ability to cope with dilemmas and issues related to gender and sex that arise in the workplace. In addition, students in women’s studies have the unique opportunity to apply insights from course work to their own lives, helping them to make more informed choices about careers, education, relationships, and community participation.