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
Choose between 3 different degree programs: bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, or bachelor of science in nursing.
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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.
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.
After graduating with a double major in women’s studies and psychology, Wallace earned a master’s degree in women and gender studies at Arizona State University, and then began a career at one•n•ten, a non-profit in Phoenix that provides services to LGBTQ youth in Arizona.
Today, Wallace works as the training and satellite program specialist, facilitates both in-person and online support groups for LGBTQ youth, and serves as the liaison for one•n•ten’s satellite programs.
Wallace also volunteers with GLSEN Phoenix, a non-profit that helps make K-12 schools safe for LGBTQ students, by providing professional development and preparedness of the GLSEN facilitators.
“Wesleyan gave me the tools I need to succeed in my professional life. Although my trajectory has shifted substantially since I graduated from Wesleyan, the wide array of skills I obtained, particularly critical thinking, along with the ability to challenge myself and my beliefs, has helped me to set and meet new goals, no matter where my career takes me.”
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.
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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