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Women's Studies Program (minor)

Department overviewCommunication studies (M., m.) Community services (M.)Community services and social work internshipsCriminal justice (M., m.)Legal studies (m.)Social justice (m.)Social work (M.)Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.)Women's studies (m.)Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series

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
  • Labor
  • Queer theory
  • Popular culture
  • Religion
  • Ecology

In addition:

  • 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 opportunities including:

  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Higher education administration
  • Government relations
  • Women's advocacy
  • Legal aid

For a complete list of professional applications, visit For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What's required?

  • 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 local bookstores.

Zine 2012 Zine 4
Spring 2012 Fall 2011
Zine Boobs Zine 2011
Fall 2011 Fall 2011
Zine April 2009 Zine Spring 2009
April 2009 Spring 2009


Research/internship opportunities

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.)

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