Women's Studies Overview
Cecilia Samonte, Ph.D.
The Women's Studies Minor examines the historical and contemporary circumstances that have shaped the relationships between women and men, and between women and women, in the family and other personal contexts, in the neighborhood, work place, university, religious institution, and in public policy forums on the local, national and international levels. It raises fundamental questions about gender identity and relations, and about philosophical, natural scientific and social scientific assumptions regarding human nature. Women's Studies also envisions new practices which will allow both men and women to make greater contributions to their communities. The courses draw upon a variety of scholarly perspectives and pedagogues including feminist scholarship and pedagogy. Following in the inspiration of the Ignatian ideal, the Women's Studies Minor emphasizes the dignity and gifts of all human persons. It aims to assist students to develop an understanding and appreciation of the contributions of women to civilization and society.