Women's Studies Program (minor)
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What is the Women's Studies Program?
As an interdisciplinary program, the women's studies minor is designed to
complement a wide variety of majors. Grounded in feminist theory and social
justice, the program uses a range of subject disciplines (history, sociology,
anthropology, English, and liberal studies) to interrogate the role of women,
gender, sexuality and what is considered to be knowledge production.
Why study women's studies at Saint Martin's?
Women's studies at Saint Martin's challenges gendered assumptions, focusing
on traditional knowledge of:
- Women as a category to be studied.
- Contemporary employments of gender such as sexuality, desire and performance.
By critically examining traditional studies — using historical cultural,
political and theoretical explanations — students explore how institutional and
personal power is created, produced, and continually reproduced.
Our faculty brings a variety of knowledge, experience, and specialties to
make the Saint Martin’s Women's Studies Program unique, including:
- Sports history
- Queer theory
- Popular culture
- With a strong commitment to social justice, the Women's Studies Program is dedicated to the evolution of women in 21st century society.
- Students are encouraged to analyze their own sociological lenses thereby increasing self-awareness and knowledge of the world around them.
What can I do with this minor?
A minor in women’s studies prepares graduates for a variety of professional
- Higher education administration
- Government relations
- Women's advocacy
- Legal aid
For a complete list of professional applications, visit
whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s
can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.
- Six semester hours of required courses
- WS 200 Introduction to Women's Studies
- WS 400 Feminist Theory and Practice
- 12 semester hours of elective courses such as:
- PLS 360 Women in Politics
- PSY 387 Body Image and Eating Disorders
Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a
complete breakdown of women's studies minor courses and requirements.
Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's
general education requirements.
The magazine of the SMU Women's Studies Program
Each year the students of WS 200: Introduction to Women's Studies create
a Zine. Zines (short for magazine) are an important part of feminist
communication dating back before the internet. Women would gather and create
Zines to talk about sexism, patriarchy, sexual assault, and promote female
artists who were largely ignored in their communities. Zines are
particularly important in the Olympia community as part of the Riot Grrrl
movement which began in Olympia in the early 90's. The WS 200 Zines are free
and are distributed to the Saint Martin's Community and can also be found at
Women's studies students are active on campus. Their efforts include the
coordination and production of several campus-wide awareness-focused events
including Take Back the Night and the Clothesline Project.
Related fields of study
Social justice (m.) | Legal studies (m.) |
Psychology (M., m.) | Community services (M.) |
Social work (M.) | Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.)