As a department in Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Center for Women’s 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.