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.
The IPFW Women's Studies Program has planned several events in March in honor of Women's History month, please plan to join us!
Girls ages 7-17 are invited to visit a class and drop by the Women's Studies office.
'Turning Oppression into Opportunity'?: Cartographies of Girls' Empowerment in Development Narratives
Susan Bergeron, Professor of Women Studies and Social Studies at University
of Michigan Dearborn
Why Do Boys and Girls Behave Differently?
J. Elaine Blakemore, Professor Psychology, Interim Dean, and COAS Internal Distinguished Lecturer
Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye: A book Discussion on Girlhood and Identity
Book available at IPFW Bookstore and amazon.com.
RSVP requested as light dinner provided.
Looking at Global Girlhood Through an Interdisciplinary Perspective
Panel discussion featuring IPFW faculty: Janet Badia, Women's Studies; Noor Borbieva, Anthropolgy; Wei Kitty Luo, Communication; Elizabeth Mannir, Women's Studies. RSVP requested as light lunch provided.
Events are free and open to the public.
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