Other Program Benefits
Students will be able to make informed choices about their own behavior, health, education, and employment decisions based on their understanding of the role gender plays in relationships and society. As a result of their increased knowledge of the intersections between social institutions and women’s lives, students will seek out ways to become anxiously engaged in improving women’s lives and circumstances.
A women's studies minor enhances and broadens educational and employment oppurtunities in any discipline. The women's studies minor trains students to look at issues and questions from unique historical and contemporary perspectives both domestically and internationally. This training prepares students to be more successful in graduate and professional schools, business and industry, and government or community service.
"Women's Studies helped me to better understand the world I live in, from my life to the lives of women and men around the world."
- Heather Marne Williams
"My experiences in the Women's Studies program taught me to be an advocate for women. For example, the legal field is especially discriminatory (particularly in Utah). There are many female attorneys but very few that become shareholders and even fewer that become partner in a law firm. This is often related to a woman's desire to work part time in order to care for the children and there is no part-time track for partner in most law firms… My women's studies background made this discrimination important to me and something I hope to work on and change in the future" -Hillary Campbell, current law school student
The following are anonymous responses from an alumni survey
"Being young and still forming opinions about the world it helped me to sit in a class and hear all the different opinions and views. I was able to develop critical thinking as I worked to figure out what my values were and what I thought it meant to be a woman in this world."
"[M]y women's studies background has highlighted to me the stereotypes I hold about women that have affected past and present relationships. I now have a daughter, who I want to raise to be confident and competent and not feel constrained by her sex. I also have a son, who I want to raise to always treat women with respect and never take advantage of them. I know that how I treat my wife sets the strongest example for both of my children, so I focus on treating her the way I want my daughter to be treated by men, and how I want my son to treat women. I work for a woman, and I frequently think about whether or not I would interact with her differently if she were a man"