The Women's Studies Program at Western Connecticut State University

WHAT IS WOMEN'S STUDIES?
Women's Studies is an academic discipline that grew out of social and cultural changes that took place in the 1960's and 1970's.  Since then, it has experienced vast development and transformation.  Most colleges and universities now offer courses, minors and majors in this area.

This program seeks to expand students' awareness of women's issues, concerns, contributions, and achievements.  Such avenues of study have generated new insights and perspectives on established disciplines as well as identified social and cultural issues which otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Women's Studies differs from other fields in that its focus is to examine the experiences of women and scholarship by and about women from a critical perspective.  This perspective fills in gaps of information, exposes misconceptions and discrimination, and questions conceptions of human society, values and culture. Women's Studies stresses an interdisciplinary perspective and encourages the exploration of women's issues and the world through multiple disciplines.  It is simultaneously a way to develop and enhance knowledge in one's own discipline or major.

WOMEN'S STUDIES AT WESTERN
At Western, the offerings in Women's Studies complement the offerings in other programs and departments to provide special opportunities to those who seek more knowledge about women's role in history and in the contemporary world. Our program is continually developing, and the faculty is available to work with interested students.

WHO CAN TAKE WOMEN'S STUDIES COURSES?
Any student may enroll in a course with a Women's Studies label without being a minor, as long as she or he has met the prerequisites for the class.

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