Women's Studies

Most students who are interested in women’s studies gravitate toward being critically engaged with the world—they want to make positive change.

Women’s studies majors are “movers and shakers” on campus and off. Lives are changed every day by the ideas and actions our students bring forward. This program is committed to cultivating well-rounded, passionate women who are responsible leaders in their local, national, and global communities. In order to accomplish this, students have many opportunities to raise awareness, educate, and empower through advocacy and activism events in their classes, on the campus, and in their communities. Students are doing the work themselves, and they take these experiences and skills right into the world upon graduation.

Major: Women's Studies
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Through research and activism, our goal is to work toward a more equitable and just world.

The field of women’s studies is a feminist endeavor striving to help students understand the intersection and oppression of sex, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, etc. on personal, relational, and institutional levels that affect the power, equity, and access for individuals and communities.

Grounded in diverse perspectives of feminism and an interdisciplinary course of study, we work to cultivate women who are engaged and active in their lives and in the world. But these efforts must be matched by an excellence in academics. Effective empowerment must be grounded in scholarly, intersectional analysis paired with advocacy opportunities. For women’s studies students to be effectively empowered (and to empower others), they must understand the specific and particular identity standpoint of each individual/group within the specific and particular socio-cultural-historical era—that’s how we make positive change in our world.

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Outside The Classroom

Many women’s studies students work with other majors and student groups across campus to create collaborative projects and events, and this is the heart of the interdisciplinary and intersectional nature of the program. They bring awareness about rape crisis advocacy, women’s shelters, and NGOs fighting for the advancement of girls and women in the U.S. and around the world, and attend the annual WST Symposium, which provides a platform for feminist research from all disciplines at the college. Their scholarship is presented at local, state, and national conferences.



Wesleyan Women In Women's Study Careers

RACHEL REGAN ’14 stands by red maple tree on campus


As a junior at Wesleyan, Rachel co-founded ACT, the feminist ACTivist Movement which serves to inform peers about feminist issues and beliefs, dispelling stereotypes.  She served as editor-in-chief of the group’s magazine, ACTivist Zine. Today Rachel works at the Toddler Program at Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Colorado.



George Washington University, Arizona State University, University of Wyoming, Georgia State University, Mercer University, Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain


Psychology, law, politics, international relations, business, media, education, art, music, theatre



Defined as the belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.


To challenge the systemic inequalities women face on a daily basis.


Contrary to popular belief feminism has nothing to do with belittling men, in fact feminism does not support sexism against either gender. Feminism works towards equality, not female superiority.


Feminists respect individual, informed choices and don’t believe in judging people. Everyone has the right to sexual autonomy and the ability to make decisions about when, how, and with whom to conduct their sexual life.


Women earn 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. Even in the 10 top-paying jobs for women, females earn less than men; only one career, speech pathology, pays the same regardless of gender.


What feminists want the world to acknowledge is the different ways men and women are treated. Although there have been great strides toward equality, women and men are far from playing on the same field.

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of Wesleyan's WST majors go on to graduate school


Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees


of Wesleyan's WST majors engage in community activism

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