Women's Studies offers students the opportunity to study the systems that shape women's lives. It asks: how does being female affect one's participation in the family, economy, politics, arts, and literature? How do language, belief, and history convey meaning about women's and men's status in our society? Questions like these have produced an extensive body of literature that places gender at the center of analysis. These questions cut across many disciplines and thus women's studies is, by definition, interdisciplinary.
Today, as women are more active participants in every aspect of American society, both men and women gain from this perspective. This curriculum prepares students for a wide range of careers in law, business, public service, health, and organizations. The program also prepares students for professional or graduate school.
Advising. For information about program offerings or a concentration in Women's Studies or another department concentration with an emphasis on women, contact the Program Office at 1122 Lane Hall (763-2047).
Program Participation. The Women's Studies Program encourages faculty, staff, and students to participate in all aspects of Program operation. An annual fall open house allows new students to meet faculty and other students affiliated with the Program.
Special Departmental Resources. The Women's Studies Library houses several thousand books, 40 current and 150 noncurrent journals and periodicals on subjects concerning women and two databases on women of color. A Women's Studies Lecture Series brings students into contact with distinguished women's studies scholars and feminist activists from around the country.
Dorothy Gies McGuigan Prize. This prize is awarded annually for the best graduate and the best undergraduate essay on some aspect of women's lives or roles. The competition is open to all University of Michigan students.
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