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Women's Studies

Interested in the governmental policies, social norms and historic prejudices that affect women? Women's studies is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of women, feminism, gender and politics.

St. Kate's offers two majors in this field: women's studies, and women and international development. Both majors prepare you to think critically, analyze ideas and policies skillfully, and work respectfully with people of different social and economic backgrounds.

Strong reputation

St. Kate's was founded by and for women, and we've been educating women to lead and influence for over 100 years. It's only natural that we have a dynamic and vibrant program dedicated to the lives and well being of women.

Interdisciplinary curriculum

Our program draws from multiple disciplines, including biology, communication studies, English, history, philosophy, psychology and theology. Courses uniquely address a variety of issues from a women's perspective, and most are cross-listed. For example, "Biology of Women" is both a biology and women's studies course.

Many classes include a service-learning component to give you multicultural experience at a local organization.

Flexible major

Design your coursework around topics that most interest and engage you — or double major. Alumna Kassy Podvin paired women's studies with classes in social work. Student Mysee Chang is majoring in women's studies and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity.

"Women's studies opened my eyes to the interconnectedness between activism and academics."

— Christina McElderry, St. Kate's alumna and Truman scholar

Center and awards for women

St. Kate's Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women's Research, Resources and Scholarship hosts monthly discussions to share current research, such as "Feminist Art History: History and Practice" and "The Making of Modern Motherhood."

The center also offers awards and scholarships, including the Best Paper in Women's Studies Award for women's studies majors and minors. Past winners are Ashleen Knutson for "A Critical Examination of Ultimate Fighting Championship Fights" and Esther Moss for "Vital Feminism: A Theory Grounded in Rural Nicaragua."

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