STUDY women in historical and contemporary contexts---
Women's history education is important because it teaches young men and women to appreciate and respect the roles of women in modern society. Learning about the accomplishments of women builds feminine self-esteem by demonstrating that women have played active an role in the development of our nation. Studying the contributions of women counters the stereotype that women have been passive observers of history, while opening up possibilities to creative and professional endeavors. Expanding young men's knowledge of women's achievements refutes stereotypical notions of gender, allowing men to feel confident in assuming roles traditionally assigned to women only1.
1 FLORIDA COMMISSION on the STATUS OF WOMEN, Ninth Annual Report of the Study of Women's History Education in Florida Public Schools. (Tallahassee, Florida, 2000), p. 32.
UNDERSTAND women through a multicultural perspective---
GAIN KNOWLEDGE in feminist theories---
Feminist Theory introduces the student to various theories about how women and men have been taught, or construed, to believe that women are naturally limited by their gender with regards to the contributions they can make to their cultures. Feminist theory demonstrates how literary works of an international scope, in the form of poetry, short stories, and novels, often participate in the creation of attitudes that overturn restrictive definitions of femininity. Feminist Theory, therefore, is dynamic and innovative; it begs to be challenged.
EXPERIENCE courses in numerous academic disciplines---
Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with knowledge of women's roles and influence in contemporary society, as well as the impact of social institutions, systems, and philosophies or attitudes toward women.
LEARN to use available bibliographical resources---
ACQUIRE a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities/Women's and Gender Studies! You can still choose a minor in Women's Studies as well.
For further information, contact Rosemary Hays-Thomas, Director of Women's Studies at UWF.