Students who take Women's Studies tend to do so for one of two reasons. The first is that they find a perspective available in our courses that is not readily found in others. Our students want to know the side of a story that is at most only hinted at in other courses.
They find it with us, and often express their surprise that more of the female side of the story is not more generally known. So our students are, simply put, curious to know more.
The other reason students tell us they take our courses is that they want more variety of coursework than is found in their traditional major. Because Women's Studies is interdisciplinary, students are encouraged to take courses that center on women, but do so from a wide variety of perspectives.
So they can take a business, journalism, literature or sport course and find those all within our program. It broadens them even while they simultaneously remain focused on one issue -- women.
In summary, Women's Studies offers a different approach for some of our more inquisitive students.