In 2012, 51 students graduated with a major in Women’s Studies (a medium-sized major in the College of LSA), along with 86 students who completed academic minors in the department: 66 minored in Gender and Health, 5 minored in the study of Gender, Race, and Nation, and 5 minored in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Sexuality Studies.
While Psychology is usually the most popular field for our major and minors, the range of student interests is truly extraordinary:
- Most of the social sciences, from Political Science through Sociology and Anthropology
- Many of the humanities, including Art & Design, English, and Philosophy
- Interdisciplinary programs like Afroamerican and African Studies, Latina/o Studies, Museum Studies, Environment, Communication Studies, International Studies, and Community Action and Social Change
- Biological Sciences and Engineering
- Mathematics and Statistics.
What undergraduate students say about Women's Studies
"Women’s Studies is not only about women; it’s about theory, analysis, objectivity, and alternative ways of thinking."
"I learned a great deal about how Women’s Studies intersects with other fields such as science and technology, political science, psychology. Its community service orientation not only contributed to my personal growth, but also was a useful tool in the job search."
"Women in traditionally male dominated fields need to develop survival skills. They need to know how to support themselves and be advocates for themselves. A Women’s Studies education teaches this."
"Women’s Studies was one of the best experiences I had at Michigan. I was able to study issues that I truly care about."
"The Women’s Studies Department offers an entirely different U-M experience with small classes, a sense of community, outstanding faculty and a broad view of the world."