"In breaking those silences, naming ourselves, uncovering the hidden, making ourselves present, we begin to define a reality which resonates to us, which affirms our being."
The Women’s Studies minor at Viterbo University is an interdisciplinary program integrating new developments in history, literature, religious studies, the arts, the health sciences, and the social sciences. As an academic field, Women’s Studies examines the often unacknowledged contributions of women scientists, artists, writers, and thinkers. It explores the social, cultural, biological, and psychological aspects of relations between men and women. Also, it offers new and challenging ideas about the nature of knowledge and how we think about the world. As an interdisciplinary program, Women’s Studies teaches students how to integrate their knowledge by making connections among various fields of learning.
What can I do with a minor in Women's Studies?
According to a study at Duke University, a Women’s Studies concentration is a valuable foundation for a wide variety of professional careers. It was found to be particularly helpful for students in nursing and medicine, especially those concentrating in obstetrics, gynecology, psychiatry, or pediatrics.
The study also found that a Women’s Studies focus is an asset for students pursuing a career in law, business, market research, advertising, product design, or management.
A Women’s Studies minor also provides future human service workers, government policy makers, and educators with a deeper and more insightful perspective. For students entering graduate school in the liberal arts and social sciences, a solid Women’s Studies background provides an important basis for future academic achievement.
A minor in Women’s Studies provides students with a solid educational foundation, an ability to apply knowledge from multiple disciplines, and the well developed reasoning and critical thinking skills invaluable in today’s world.