The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Women’s Studies Program is included in Ms. Magazine’s spring issue, “The 2009 Guide to Women’s Studies,” on newsstands now. The 16-page special section features women’s studies programs at U.S. colleges and universities.
The Ms. Web site refers to women’s studies as “A fast-growing, cutting-edge field of study that’s in high demand by 21st century employers.”
At the Colleges, women’s studies is a multidisciplinary program that was established in 1969. One of the first such programs in the country, its goals are to educate women and men about women’s participation in history, literature, society and thought, and about the serious implications for social and cultural life of the neglect of women’s contributions.
Students are encouraged to take a wide range of courses, developing theoretical sophistication, cultural and historical awareness, and an understanding of multiple perspectives on gender. Women’s studies offers a disciplinary major and minor and an interdisciplinary major and minor.
According to Ms., “There are more than 900 programs in the U.S., boasting well over 10,000 courses and an enrollment larger than that of any other interdisciplinary field.”