Women's, Ethnicity and Intersectional Studies

Women's Studies

As a department in Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the department of women's, ethnicity and intersectional studies offers a major and minor in women’s studies. Students receive academic training and leadership skills with the goal of improving women’s lives in domestic and professional arenas. The analysis of gender, race/ethnicity, class and sexuality is central to the major. Cross-cultural and international perspectives represent the department’s commitment to move beyond culturally and nationally parochial understanding of women’s identities and struggles. Women’s studies is interdisciplinary in approach, and the major reflects a thematic rather than disciplinary focus. The four core areas — internationalism, representation and media, social issues, and religion and thought — provide critical understanding of women, culture and society. Students may elect to double-major in women’s studies and other fields in the liberal arts and sciences or other colleges. The major prepares students for careers in a variety of fields.

Ethnic Studies

Ethnic studies is an interdisciplinary program whose primary focus is on developing knowledge, attitudes and skills to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries. Basic to the development of those knowledges, attitudes and skills is an understanding of and appreciation for the unique experiences of the various ethnic groups in the larger context of United States society. This discussion helps students understand the role of past experiences in influencing current race and ethnic relations. Students from all backgrounds engage in constructive debates and critical thinking and work diligently with dedicated faculty to develop strategies for harmonious living.

The ethnic studies program offers undergraduate degrees through the field major and the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) options.