Celebrate 50 Years
College of Arts and Sciences

Women's Studies Program

 2014 Women's Studies Graduate Mortarboard

IPFW was the first public university in Indiana to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree with a women’s studies major, and today the Women’s Studies Program is one of the fastest growing areas of study at IPFW. Currently, IPFW offers a B.A., A.A., certificate, and minor in women’s studies, as well as a range of courses that meet college distribution and general education requirements.

Learning Women’s Studies

Emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach to learning, the Women’s Studies Program brings together the expertise of faculty from a broad range of traditional academic disciplines, including biology, English, music, and psychology, to name just a few. This approach reflects the core principle behind interdisciplinary studies: namely, that the problems and potential of society are best understood through study, dialogue, and research that draws upon and integrates multiple disciplinary perspectives and expertise. Just as important, the Women’s Studies Program offers small classes that emphasize a student-centered approach to learning, one that recognizes the value of self-exploration, collective investigation, community dialogue, and feminist methods of research.

Given all of this, it’s not surprising that many students find their women’s studies educations transformative. Indeed, women’ studies can open the door to new perspectives on both women and the world.

Living Women’s Studies

A women’s studies degree has all the practical applications of a traditional degree, if not more. Students in our courses have the opportunity to strengthen their critical thinking, speaking, writing, and research skills—which are all cornerstones of successful career preparation. They study the large issues that are of increasing importance to employers, from diversity and globalization to conflict resolution and problem-solving. Reflecting this versatility and expertise, IPFW graduates in women’s studies have gone on to successful careers in law, education, human services, business, government, and non-profit organizations serving community needs and solving the problems of the 21st Century. They demonstrate firsthand that meaningful social transformation can come about only through the combination of knowledge, thought, and action.

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News & Events

Fall 2014


Take Back the Night 2014

Take Back the Night

Speak out, Candlelight Vigil
& March
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
6:30 PM 
Walb Classic Ballroom

Join Campus Feminists in Solidarity at this annual event that aims to end violence against women. Student, faculty, staff along with the Fort Wayne community will attend a speak out, candlelight vigil and half-mile march across the IPFW campus.

Iota Iota Iota Logo

Iota Iota Iota
Honors Induction 

Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:00 PM
IPFW Alumni Center

The Gamma Eta chapter of Iota Iota Iota will celebrate its induction to this Women's Studies honor society in the Alumni Center. This invitation only event recognizes excellence in academics for both Women's Studies majors and minors.

Guerrilla Girls Photo

The Guerrilla Girls
Coming to IPFW!

Monday, November 10th
7:30 PM
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Frida Kahlo, Guest Appearance