Women and Gender StudiesStudents interested in pursuing this degree are advised to stay in close contact with their academic mentor so that they can adjust to changes forthcoming in this program of study. This interdisciplinary major investigates women's historical, cultural, and social experiences as well as the theories and methodologies that support this field of study. Women's Studies fosters independent thinking, critical and analytical skill, oral and written expression, and the ability to reason and argue competently about gender and roles in society. It challenges stereotypes and examines ways in which societies shape the lives and relationships of women. It explores the ways in which gender and other principles such as race and class affect access to opportunity and power. Students work with feminist scholarship and focus on the role of gender as a critical factor for understanding our society and the world. Women's Studies utilizes collaborative techniques of learning and scholarship. Emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches is a cornerstone of the Women's Studies program. Course offerings are both theoretical and concrete, providing students with the opportunity to learn, evaluate, and integrate an array of multidisciplinary perspectives on societal attitudes toward women and women's relationships and contributions to society. The theory and writings examined and studied in the Program build a strong foundation for careers and for further study in a wide array of academic and professional disciplines.