- Offered as:
Women’s studies is an interdisciplinary field rooted in scholarship and activism that places gender at the center of inquiry. Women’s studies investigates and challenges social inequalities based on systems of gender as they intersect with class, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and age.
- Strengths of the program
- Faculty work in a number of new research areas, including theories of identities and bodies, women and the environment, queer theory, third-world feminism, and critical race feminism.
- The department maintains close relations with the Women’s Resource Center and the Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center.
- Women’s studies students tend to be people who want to make a difference in the world. Their personal goals and intellectual development are of major importance to our faculty.
- The program emphasizes collaborative learning and critical thinking in a global and activist context, one that gives students ownership over their education.
- Each student is assigned a faculty mentor who is a resource for majors who are pursuing graduate degrees, undergraduate research, academic publications, and career exploration within the field.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, you'll need to do these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For women's studies majors
The College of Arts and Sciences awards more than $50,000 in scholarships each year. For more information, see the CAS scholarships page.
What you can do with a degree in women’s studies
• Change your world
• Work for nonprofit and/or nongovernmental agencies advocating for environmental justice, transgender rights, access to health care, and more
• Work in community service organizations, such as women’s shelters and youth centers
• Work in human resources, equity policy analysis, community development, and more
• Continue studies in law school, social work, justice studies, gender studies, and much, much more
Skills you can market with a degree in women’s studies
• Analyze gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and nationality in relation to power and social systems
• Connect the local and global
• Strategize, plan, and act for change
• Think critically and problem solve
• Research and synthesize information
• Communicate effectively
• Be culturally aware