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Why major in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies?

While Mississippi and the nation are making some gains in bridging the gender gap, a recent report from the Washington-based Institute for Women's Policy Research emphasizes that women in the USA, and Mississippi women in particular, are still struggling toward equity in education, employment, and health. In fact, the IWPR labeled Mississippi as overall, "the worst state for women."

In 2010, the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women reported that 24 percent of Mississippi women lived in poverty, up from 22 percent in 2000. A systematic study of the problems and the issues connected with gender inequity brings awareness and understanding. With understanding comes the power to change society for the better. An interdisciplinary major in Women's Studies at our institution reflects the truth of women's needs in our world: we must work in collaboration to achieve comprehensive improvement for women in health, education, politics, economics, media image, etc.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies provides a broad liberal arts background that helps build skills in critical thinking and problem solving, data collection and analysis, oral, written and presentation expertise, and collaborative teamwork . A major in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies also provides in-depth knowledge of the gender dynamics, strategies and organizational skills needed to address gender inequalities, promoting skills which are needed in the human resources field, in political think tanks, in management, and in a variety of professions such as law, science and medicine. With many cross-listed courses, the Women's Studies Major is easy to combine with a double-major or a minor.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major Requirements

Required Major Courses

WS 200 - Introduction to Women's Studies
WS 499 - Women's Studies Capstone Course

Two Humanities Electives (6 hours)
Two Social Sciences Electives (6 hours)
Five additional Women's Studies Electives (15 hours)

Total hours in the major: 33 hours