Women's and Gender Studies Program



Date of this Version

May 2006


This newsletter announces a name change in our program, from “Women’s Studies” to “Women’s and Gender Studies.” The Women’s Studies faculty voted to change the name of the program after more than a year of discussion and research. It took several more months for the proposal to work its way up the academic hierarchy, but now it is official. The new name better represents the research and teaching interests of many of the faculty and the direction of Women’s Studies nationally. It also represents a commitment to LGBTQ/ Sexuality Studies, now an approved minor which is administered through the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. However, the Program faculty are also adamant that “Women’s Studies” is a major part of our identity, and that many of our courses will remain centered on the lives, experiences, and accomplishments of women. The name change appropriately comes in the 30th year of our program, reflecting our history and looking forward to our future.