Interdisciplinary Minor

Why Women's Studies?

The Women's Interdisciplinary Studies Program prepares individuals for the needs and opportunities of an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. The program builds awareness of the range of human experience, potential, and accomplishment. Women's Studies uniquely fills Colorado State University's central mission and contributes to intersectional, interpersonal, intercultural, and international understandings.

Contemporary career opportunities can be directly enhanced by students who have a women's studies background. In several areas such as journalism, communication, business, law, education, and human services, it is now common to choose a career that has a direct focus on women and gender.

In areas that have not traditionally focused on women and gender, an awareness of the history and culture of feminisms, women and the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexism can enhance a person's ability to cope with dilemmas and issues related to gender and sex that arise in the workplace. In addition, students in women's studies have the unique opportunity to apply insights from course work to their own lives, helping them to make more informed choices about careers, education, relationships, and community participation.

The program's objectives are:

  • to enable students to explore academic disciplines from feminist and intersectional perspectives;
  • to help develop an appreciation of the historic and contemporary contributions of women of a variety of cultures;
  • to explore the ideological assumptions regarding women and gender implicit in social institutions and structures;
  • to create opportunities for all students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for physical, social, and emotional well-being.