Women's Studies

Department of History and Political Science
The Margaret Stevenson Center for Women's Studies

Our world is complex. When we face challenging issues involving ethnicity, class, and gender, we need to respond with hospitality and purposeful action that reflect our Christian values.

If you recognize these issues and also desire to respond to global issues from an open-minded, balanced perspective, consider an interdisciplinary minor in women's studies.


The women’s studies minor has a four-part mission. It seeks to affirm women’s calling in ministry, based in the Wesleyan tradition; it embodies a commitment to gender equality by addressing gender issues in the curriculum and on the campus; it provides a central place to gather and share resources and knowledge by and for women; and it aims to combine both theory and praxis regarding gender, while encouraging multicultural, cooperative, inclusive, and relational ways of learning that are in line with the mission of the university.

You'll take classes that examine the development of feminist thought and the politics of race, class, and gender. You'll be able to choose elective credits from a wide variety of classes that focus on women's issues in politics, Christianity, nutrition, literature, and the world.

Special Features

  • Opportunity to complete a two-unit internship supervised by the director of women’s studies.
  • Center for Women's Studies with access to videos, journals, and books.
  • Annual speaker series, which in the past has featured writer Lauren Winner, historian Elaine Tyler May, theologians Rebecca Chopp and Paul Chilcote, Islam and gender expert Huma Ghosh, poet Mary Crow, and preacher Diane Leclerc.
  • Opportunity to participate and present research in various other conferences, seminars, and film forums.

Career Opportunities

  • Social work
  • Public health
  • Graduate school
  • Women’s historian