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About Women's Studies

Mission Statement:

The Women's Studies Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo is committed to integrating scholarly inquiry, critical problem-solving methods, professional training, cooperative leadership skills, and practical strategies into a student-centered curriculum that will prepare students for real-life situations affecting the well-being of women locally and globally.

Program Goals:

Throughout the Women’s Studies program, students will:

  • examine the diversity of women's experiences and the ways in which class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other variables intersect with gender
  • learn about women by raising new questions and accepting women's perceptions and experiences as real and significant
  • address misconceptions about women and identifying ways in which traditional methodologies may distort our knowledge
  • theorize about the place of women in society and appropriate strategies for change
  • understand women's struggles, achievements, and contributions in past and present societies and across cultures from a feminist perspective
  • study the conditions of women in various cultures and societies
  • identify both the courses and consequences of women's subordination 
  • evaluate empirical and normative theories of gender construction and inequality
  • develop critical and analytical skills, creative approaches to problem solving, and the ability to articulate productive alternatives
  • identify and analyze gender-based assumptions and biases and to recognize their consequences on individual, social, and cultural levels
  • evaluate and analyze competing perspectives on gender and other systems of social stratification
  • collect and analyze empirical data on gender, both quantitative and qualitative
  • cultivate oral, written, and presentation skills
  • develop co-operative teamwork skills as well as leadership skills

The Women’s Studies Program at CSU-Pueblo is a small but growing academic program.  A minor in Women’s Studies is an excellent choice for students who want a deeper understanding of the social, economic, and political issues surrounding gender as it intersects with sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class. 

Students who minor in Women’s Studies will benefit from:

  • individualized attention from faculty
  • personalized, interdisciplinary academic support
  • small class sizes and close interaction with instructors
  • specialized knowledge of categories of diversity
  • enhanced critical thinking, writing, and verbal skills
  • encouragement and support for student-initiated projects
  • preparation for graduate school, law school, and a variety of professions in the private and public sector

A minor in Women’s Studies is collaborative by design and intended to provide students with a broad academic experience that will support their academic, professional, and personal goals.

A rigorous analysis of gender helps students understand their major discipline in new ways.  Many students combine their work in Women’s Studies with majors in social sciences, humanities, social work, education, business, and nursing.

Because the Women’s Studies program is student-centered, it fosters and encourages leadership skills.  The minor is interdisciplinary and multicultural, and courses incorporate classroom and experiential learning. 

Students are asked to examine relevant questions and issues from a range of perspectives, thereby enhancing their analytical and critical thinking skills in the process.  Such a vantage point can offer a unique personal and intellectual foundation.

A minor in Women’s Studies is excellent preparation for graduate and professional school.  Because Women’s Studies courses strengthen skills in critical thinking and communication, they are especially good background for law, medicine, information science, business, psychology, labor and industrial relations, public health, and social work, among others.

A minor in Women’s Studies provides you with a marketable set of skills that are directly applicable to the public and private sector.  In the business world, there is an increase in the demand for expertise on gender issues and significant pressure to hire professionals who appreciate issues of diversity and who can respond to issues such as sexual harassment, flex-time, parental leave, pay equity, and equal employment opportunities.  Our minors graduate with a strong background in and sensitivity to socio-economic and political issues around gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class.

Every semester the program sponsors several on-campus events, films, and speakers.  Minoring in Women’s Studies, taking Women’s Studies courses, and attending our events is a great way for both women and men to become part of a larger academic community.

For further information about Women’s Studies:

Contact the Women’s Studies Coordinator at WomenStudies@csupueblo.edu 

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