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Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program drawing upon the expertise of faculty and student-life professionals across the campus, and focusing on the construction of knowledge about women, both in the United States and in the rest of the world.


Program Structure

In Women’s Studies courses, students and faculty work together to illuminate women’s distinct experiences, perspectives and concerns, and explore the liberatory strategies women have employed and continue to employ throughout the world.

Women’s Studies coursework includes writing in multiple genres, including screenwriting, and are open to cross-genre work and experimental literature. The program aims for a broad range of voices and serves as a safe space for students and ideas.

More than 50 faculty members, representing all areas of academic life, have taught in the program since its beginning in the early 1970s when Stephens College first demonstrated national leadership in the field.



A minor in women’s studies requires the completion of 15 semester hours, including at least 6 hours at or above the 300 level.


Required Course

WST 210: Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 hrs.)

Plus 12 hours of WST courses; 6 hours of which must be at or above the 300 level.

*Courses used to meet the General Education Women-focused array may not be included in the 15 hours required for the Women’s Studies minor.


Looking for more?

Women’s Studies is also an excellent choice for students who wish to combine study in the discipline with another discipline to create a Self-Initiated Major.

Contact Us

Dr. Ann Breidenbach,
Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing and Women's Studies
(573) 876-2361 [email protected] Dudley Hall 220

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