About The Center for Women's Studies

Lindquist Hall
Lindquist Hall

The Center for Women's Studies at Wichita State University offers the major and minor in women's studies through courses and curriculum. It is a campus resource / research center for scholarship concerning women. Unique in Kansas, the Center for Women's Studies at Wichita State is one of the longest-standing, degree-granting, and autonomous women's studies centers in the country.

Women’s Studies is the academic home for analyzing gender in relationship to and situated within forms of power in society such as race, class, sexuality, domestically and geopolitical and national in terms of the world in which the US sits. Students learn to think critically about social institutions - family, work, and education, media, the state– and images and ideology – cultural commonsense, ideas about what is accepted as “natural and dominant concepts of knowledge and reality. Students and faculty investigate change in women’s lives emerging in different national and cultural contexts as well as the women’s professional and domestic contributions to culture and society.

Women's Studies provides a balanced and comprehensive view of women’s historical contributions to present day society. It offers a vision of future possibilities for women as they reach their full human potential, both in traditional occupations and in newly-achieved positions of responsibility throughout the world.

Within the major, a student selects from core areas combined with required core courses with the aim of producing an interdisciplinary understanding of women.

In addition to Women's Studies courses, cross-listed courses from such fields as Philosophy, Sociology, Social Work, History, English, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, Aging Studies, Psychology and Communication compose the curriculum.

If you are considering this major, you should be advised by a Women's Studies faculty member regarding your academic program and career goals. Women's Studies may also be pursued as part of a dual major or as a minor if your intellectual or career interests are best served by a concentration with another academic field.

If you major in Women’s Studies, you'll enhance your preparation to work in areas such as social media, social work, international humanitarian organizations, education, business, medicine, politics, law, psychology, social justice and others which concentrate on human behavior.

Related Opportunities

In pursuing a Women's Studies major, you may be employed - through the University's cooperative education program - in work related to Women’s Studies and earn credit hours for the experience. You may participate in Equality in Action, a student organization that sponsors student based activities. You will interact with nationally and internationally known visiting speakers for Women's History Month and other extra-curricular programming.

In addition, scholarships are available for Women’s Studies students. Majors and minors are given priority in awarding funds. Inquire in the Women's Studies office at 524 Lindquist Hall, phone 978-3358.

Why pursue a women's studies degree?

A Women's Studies major or double major is ideal for students who are:

  • interested in a focused interdisciplinary degree that crosses departmental boundaries
  • interested in pursuing scholarly work on women, ranging from literary criticism to clinical psychology
  • planning careers which can be enhanced by a focus on women's concerns, such as medical practice law, administration, counseling and guidance, psychology, social work, personnel, labor and industrial relations, communications and advertising, health care, teaching and business
  • pursuing graduate school in women's studies or related fields or leadership positions in community organizations

The Women's Studies minor is ideal for students who:

  • wish to supplement their major with information and experience related to women
  • desire formal recognition of their course work in women's studies.
  • seek formal contact with faculty members who share a scholarly interest in women's experiences and lives