Women’s Studies continues to remain a significant and growing force in the curriculum partly because it addresses the issues of a group that has often been ignored in traditional courses. Women’s Studies courses will remain relevant as long as there is a general lack of knowledge about the accomplishments of women and a prejudice against consideration of issues relating to women. Both the acquiring of new knowledge and the dispelling of prejudice are processes that take time.
Women’s Studies courses pursue lines of inquiry that add not only to our knowledge of women but to our understanding of the human condition in general. Also a deepened understanding of women can only lead to a more profound understanding of the concerns of men and women. The integration of life experience, research and scholarship induces a line of study that supports the connection between our lives and our work.
A primary goal of the Women’s Studies minor is to approach the subject matter from a variety of heuristic and theoretical perspectives derived from the sciences, humanities and social sciences.