The College of Liberal Arts offers a number of interdisciplinary programs that enable students to take courses in several departments and colleges on campus. Students combine their course work in exciting and innovative ways beyond the existing Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in order to meet their career goals and to reflect their personal interests. There are Interdisciplinary B.A. degree programs in the following fields: Afro-American Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Social Science Studies and Women’s Studies.
Women’s Studies provides students with interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies for studying gender relations, i.e. how gender, in intersection with other substantive categories of analysis and identity, such as race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, physical ability, nationality, shapes the material conditions of peoples’ lives all over the world. Our classrooms are interactive learning environments that value diversity and multiple perspectives. Our students learn new ways of viewing the world, develop tools for critical thinking, and are empowered to make a difference in the world. Our curriculum provides students with the skills to undertake cutting-edge research on contemporary issues through our core sequence of upper-division courses on theory, research methodologies, and praxis. Students interested in learning more about gender issues in conjunction with other interests find that it is easy to combine our curriculum with other majors, minors and fields of study. In addition, internship and leadership opportunities, combined with individualized advising from core faculty, allows students to pursue career goals while undertaking their course of study. Women’s Studies equips students to enter a range of careers in today’s diverse and multicultural workplaces. Students can pursue further study to become researchers and scholars either within the growing field of Women’s/Gender Studies or in a wide range of academic fields in the humanities and social sciences where knowledge of contemporary gender analysis provides an advantage.
The Certificate in Women’s Studies has been placed in moratorium as the department effects its transition into Interdisciplinary Degree Programs. No students will be accepted into the Certificate Program until further notice