Many women representing various races and ethnicities for UA Women's Studies program

Women's Studies Program

Our WS program integrates intellectual scholarship and research to explore how women have been represented in literature, history, society, sociology, and the media.

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What to expect in WS

You're encouraged to debate assumptions, explore divergent viewpoints, and investigate the social, economic, and cultural practices that have shaped the lives of women around the world.

Engage in critical inquiry on:

  • women’s oppression in the U.S and globally;
  • the socially constructed nature of gender and sexuality;
  • the intersection of women’s oppression with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other forms of inequality;
  • and importantly, histories and modes of feminist resistance.

The Women's Studies curriculum includes cross listed courses in Anthropology, English, Family & Consumer Sciences, History, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology.

Our courses are eye opening and often life-altering because you will learn to challenge power disparities found in society's most powerful institutions — family, church, academia, media, business and government — and to work for a world of equality and dignity for all.

Intro to Women’s Studies (3001: 200)

Our intro course will lead you through systemic privilege/oppression, media and gender, sexuality, family studies, reproductive justice, work, gender violence, social policy, and feminist resistance. This course provides a foundation upon which to build a deeper knowledge of issues surrounding feminism, gender, and sexuality.

Students who have taken Intro to Women’s Studies have said:

“This is my favorite class that I have ever taken!”

“This class has given me that strong feminist backbone that I need to change the world, which I will one day.”

“…this is one of the best classes I've taken because it taught me about the world and what women face.”

“I really want the topics in this class to be taught to more people and I look forward to taking more women's studies classes. I will be recommending this course to literally everyone I can.”

“…this class actually changed who I am and how I want my future to look in terms of my own personal goals and the dynamics of my relationships.”

Contact us

Women's Studies
The University of Akron
Koble Hall 108F (map)

330-972-6222
mtriece@uakron.edu
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