WHAT IS WOMEN'S STUDIES?
Women’s Studies is:
Today the field's interrogation of identity, power, and privilege go far beyond the category “woman." The discipline has its roots in the student, civil rights, and women’s movements of the 1960s and 70s. In its early years the field’s teachers and scholars principally asked, “Where are the women?” Today that question may seem an overly simple one, but at the time few scholars considered gender as a significant lens of analysis, and women’s voices had little representation. Drawing on the feminist scholarship of U.S. and Third World women of color, women’s studies offers an approach that explores the theoretical views of intersectionality, which examines how categories of identity (e.g., race, class, gender, age, ability, etc.) and structures of inequality are related, and transnationalism as the foundations of the discipline
What Can You Do With A Degree in Women's Studies?
There are a wide variety of careers where a degree in Women's Studies can be applied that including education, communications/public relations, journalism/writer, community outreach/managers (gov/ngo), lawyer, research and publishing, marketing and product development, therapist, business consultant, human resources, medicine/health, etc.
Courses at Santa Ana College:
Women’s Studies 101
Introduction to Women’s Studies
A multicultural survey of social trends, issues, opportunities, and topics of special interest to women. Discussion includes sex, sex role stereotyping, family problems, work, law, gender equity, physical and mental health, feminism, rape, and women in arts, sciences, history, and business.
Women in America: Work, Family, Self
An examination of women’s roles in America. Emphasis on employment, family structures, and personal development. Topics include: historical patterns, socialization, opportunities, sexism, identity, growth, law, unionization, sexual harassment, media influence, family pressures, child care, guilt, stress.