Women's Studies Program
Women’s Studies is an integral part of the curriculum of Agnes Scott College. Approximately one-third of the Agnes Scott faculty teaches courses cross-listed in the Women’s Studies program. Women’s Studies courses invite students to explore gender and its intersections with sexuality, race and ethnicity, nationality, disability and class. Women and gender are analyzed from the perspective of the humanities, fine arts, and social and natural sciences, and from interdisciplinary perspectives. In the process, students are exposed to feminist theory from across the disciplines. Controversial issues are approached from various viewpoints, inspiring lively classroom debate and critical thinking. Increased knowledge about women and gender, a commitment to social justice, honed critical thinking skills and effective oral and written expression are goals of the program.
What will I study?
Women’s Studies students are particularly well positioned to reap the benefits of a broad liberal arts education due to the multidisciplinary nature of the program’s offering. Students enroll in courses housed entirely within the program as well as courses cross-listed with other disciplines. For example, a Women’s Studies major could take Gender & the European Union or Chinese Women on Film; these courses are offered through the Political Science and History departments, respectively, but also are Women’s Studies courses. Courses offered by the Women’s Studies program itself include Introduction to Women’s Studies, Contemporary Feminist Theory, and the internship course, World as Classroom. What unifies courses under the rubric of Women’s Studies is their focus on the study of women and gender.
Why should I major in Women’s Studies at Agnes Scott?
Women’s Studies equips students to think critically about what it means to be gendered in the world today. Because Agnes Scott is a college for women, and nearly all the humanities, fine arts and social science departments offer Women’s Studies courses, Women’s Studies is woven seamlessly into the fabric of Agnes Scott’s culture and curriculum.
Due to the symbiotic relationship between theory and practice in Women’s Studies, all Women’s Studies majors complete an internship. Recent internship placements include: the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, the Marcus Autism Center, and the Feminist Women’s Health Center.
Many Women’s Studies students are involved in campus clubs and organizations such as student government, Triota (the Women’s Studies Honor Society), Latinas UNIDAS, WITKAZE and the LBTQIA Collective.
What can I do with a major in Women’s Studies?
The liberal arts education provided by Agnes Scott focuses on intellectual inquiry and developing habits of mind that will enrich students’ lives well beyond their college years. The skills honed here have straightforward applications in post-graduate contexts. Women’s Studies graduates commonly:
- Work in organizations dedicated to social justice
- Pursue graduate or law school
- Work in social service or nonprofit organizations
- Work with agencies and businesses that focus on women
Adopted November 2002
The Women’s Studies Program is committed to providing a curriculum, co-curricular programming, community activities and program governance that are feminist. We understand feminist efforts to be those that critically analyze the conditions of women’s lives and that intentionally and consistently promote the flourishing of girls and women of all abilities, ages, classes, ethnicities, nationalities, races, religions and sexualities.