WHAT IS THE CENTER FOR WOMEN’S & GENDER STUDIES?
The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies is an academic unit offering a central location for discourse relative to the field of women’s & gender studies. We offer degrees in women’s & gender studies including majors, minors and graduate certificates. Through our network of over 100 faculty associates, we are able to offer courses across the entire university.
We offer or promote a wide array of opportunities to learn more about the many aspects of the field, including presentations, Fireside Chats, Scholars in Residence, and more. We also offer scholarships and awards for students and faculty.
WHO CAN TAKE WOMEN’S & GENDER STUDIES?
Don’t let the name mislead you. Women’s & gender studies is not just about women, nor is it about male-bashing or gender wars. Rather, women’s & gender studies courses cover a broad range of subjects with sensitivity to gender, race, sexual orientation, and class. Women and men are involved in the program both as professors and students.
Social work graduate student William Townsend finds women’s & gender studies enriching personally and intellectually. Raised primarily by his mother, Townsend finds Women’s & Gender Studies helped him to understand why, with a mother as a sole breadwinner, he was raised in poverty.
“I try to encourage other males to take women’s & gender studies courses because they will enable them to work in diverse groups,” said Townsend.
Many men have graduated from the women’s & gender studies program with certificates or minors and hundreds more take courses such as Women’s Studies 170, the introductory course.
“I think that all students should take women’s studies classes to broaden their views,” said David “Hoby” Botero, a communications and Spanish major from Colombia. “It is a key to a new world. Little by little, we can find a common equality.”
WHAT WILL WOMEN’S & GENDER STUDIES DO FOR ME?
WVU students say women’s & gender studies courses help them grow both personally and academically. Typical comments include: “I learned self-awareness and leadership skills.” “I found my ‘voice’ and courage to express my own opinions.” I learned about networking, risk-taking, nurturing and respecting people different from myself.” “Women’s studies taught me how to think about a question from all sides.” “Women’s studies gave me support. I know now I’m not the only feminist at this university.”
HOW DO I GET A DEGREE IN WOMEN’S & GENDER STUDIES?
Currently, there are several undergraduate degrees available for women’s & gender studies students, including minor and major options. Graduate students may pursue either a graduate certificate or the women’s & gender studies-directed Master of Liberal Arts M.A.L.S. degree. If you have questions about these degree options, you can contact the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies (304-293-2339) for more information,. Check in at least once a semester with the Center to update your progress toward graduation.
WHY TAKE WOMEN’S & GENDER STUDIES COURSES?
Business, public administration, health care, communications, law, teaching, social work, counseling, creative arts, government and journalism are all fields in which a major, minor, or graduate certificate in women’s & gender studies is a valuable professional credential.
Over 2,000 students now enroll annually in women’s & gender studies courses available throughout WVU. Women’s & gender studies faculty associates in many departments teach a wide variety of courses, and new courses are being continually added. Many women’s & gender studies courses fulfill Liberal Studies Program requirements or certain GEC objectives.