General Information About the Women's Studies Program
The Women's Studies Program at Kean University is an interdisciplinary program offering classes and programming relating to women's and gender issues in a variety of departments. Along with engaging course selections, the program sponsors a full roster of lectures, a film festival, guest speakers, scholarships, student presentations, poetry and arts events, trips, social gatherings, a student club, and many other activities. A more in-depth description of the program can be found at the bottom of this page.
Students who wish to complete the 18-credit Women's Studies concentration can successfully combine the program with any major. A downloadable application as well as instructions on how to apply can be found on the "Program Application " page of this site.
Through the Women's Studies Program, students explore the diversity of women's experiences and perspectives, both nationally and globally, and discover how an analysis of the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, and disability/ability broaden and deepen our understanding of all of these issues. Students gain new insights into their own experiences and their own multi-layered identities.
It is a course of study to enrich both academically and personally enriching, and greatly relevant to today's workplace, families, communities, and the larger society. Students find relevance and application to the Program's content in many areas of study, and in many career paths, such as education, health, community, the media, the arts, business and government, science and technology.
Some of the biggest issues and challenges faced by our global community today are deeply linked to gender issues. For example:
1) AIDS, childhood diseases, infant mortality;
2) sexual violence, slave labor, trafficking;
3) poverty, hunger, income inequality, racism;
4) globalization and migration;
5) population issues;
6) the climate crisis and the use of resources;
7) inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts; and
8) many of the societal stressors contributing to crises in family and community life.
Our students have opportunities to participate in career networking events, do research and attend professional conferences, and to work with Women's Studies faculty developing ideas for new programs and even new courses.
Several Women's Studies scholarships will be awarded each year!
The program creates new opportunities for students to understand the experiences of women and to connect these experiences to those of other groups both locally and globally. Topics focus on issues of sexuality and gender identity, class and race, trans-global economies and social prejudices, as well as transformative pedagogies and celebration of women’s achievement’s in the private and public domains.