• Women's Studies Program

    This year women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history and most managers are now women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not to mention they are homeowners, mothers, teachers, CEOs, politicians, and global leaders. If you are fascinated by women’s impact on the world consider majoring in women’s studies.

    Hamline offers both a major and a minor in women’s studies in collaboration with Augsburg College, St. Catherine’s University, and the University of St. Thomas. Majors will take courses at all four institutions, exposing them to a broad variety of professors, disciplines, and resources. The major draws on numerous subject areas and an extensive body of research. Students will study the impact of gender, sexuality, race, class, and ability on the female experience both nationally and globally. They develop cultural and political awareness, as well as the confidence and ability to identify and challenge systems of oppression that limit the freedom and potential of all people. Majors graduate with critical writing and speaking skills, as well as advanced multicultural and technological competencies.

    Student research is encouraged. Majors may pursue departmental honors by undertaking a professional research project in their junior or senior year. Students often present their findings at national conferences, where they network with professionals in their field. The department also emphasizes study abroad and internships. On campus, majors stay active in Iota, Iota, Iota -- a women’s studies honor society -- and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, which strives to enhance a feminist community on campus. Students have access to Hamline’s Women’s Resource Center that supports educational programming related to women’s health, children and family, and careers and internships. Additionally, the annual Hamline University Women’s Leadership Retreat offers an opportunity for emerging female campus leaders from each class to gather together to learn skills of leadership, self-care, and community building.

    As an interdisciplinary major, women’s studies prepares students for a variety of careers and graduate work. These include: 

    Social work 
    Community organizing 
    Peace Corps 
    Foreign Service 
    Nonprofit work

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    WSTD 3650: Global Feminisms

    Students will gain an understanding of how feminist ideas circulate globally and how they engage local women’s concerns for social justice, human rights, and equality through institutional practice and revolutionary means.

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    Some of the activities sponsored by Hamline’s Women’s Resource Center include the annual celebration of Women’s History Month, domestic violence awareness, eating disorders awareness, and coffee talks on topics including women and cancer, alternative birthing options, and women and sexuality.

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