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Women's Studies Program

Department of Literature and Language



Why Women's Studies?

Workforce trends show a need for training in diversity and social equity issues, critical thinking, and community engagement skills, which employers seek in new hires.
The Women's Studies Program's focus on “Leadership through Diversity”prepares students to meet this need and highlights our emphasis on applied learning, translatable research, collaboration,and leadership skills. Our courses address diversity through the intersections of gender, class, culture, ability, age, ethnicity, nationality, race, religion and sexuality and offer a feminist approach to subject matter. 


 Companion Majors
A Women's Studies minor distinguishes you from others in the job market as the individual trained in diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you are majoring in one of the degrees below, declare your Women's Studies minor today and stand out from the crowd!

Anthropology      Iternational Affairs   
Art & Art History    Languages
Communication Studies Philosophy
Criminal Justice Political Science
English    Psychology   
Health Sciences  Social Work 
History     Sociology
Human Services  Theatre 



What our students do

The Women's Studies minor is an interdisciplinary degree that allows students the flexibility to design their programs of study and work with feminist faculty from multiple fields. Studies show that interdisciplinarity deepens the learning experience, sharpens critical thinking skills, and increases problem solving abilities.

Women's Studies provides internships at local agencies like the Family Justice Center, at Girls, Inc., and with FREE THE GIRLS. On campus, minors are involved with organizations like the Tri-Iota national honor society, Diversity Educators, SAGA (the Sexuality and Gender Alliance), and OASIS (outreach and advocacy for sexual assault prevention). Women's Studies supports student scholarship through workshops on abstract writing and conference etiquette in addition to funding minors who are accepted to the regional Women's Studies Association conference.


Gender Equality Movement (formerly FMLA)

   gem logoThe Gender Equality Movement (formerly Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance) at ETSU is a feminist student alliance dedicated to recognizing and eliminating all forms of oppression and advocating empowerment, well-being, and equality for all.  FMLA is a progressive gender equality and human rights group that focuses on promoting equal treatment between men and women. This alliance also strives to protect and promote women's health options and choices, raise awareness about the problems of domestic violence and other types of violent crime, promote worker's pay equity and rights, promote healthy sexuality, and strive to make the necessary statutory and constitutional amendments that will help us meet our goals of a more equal and less violent world. 


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Iota Iota Iota: Alpha Theta Chapter

Metropolitan State College of Denver established Iota, Iota, Iota, or Tri-Iota, and held its first induction in the fall of 1992 in order to recognize the academic achievements of students in Women's Studies.  Iota, Iota, Iota strives to maintain the feminist values of egalitarianism, inclusiveness, and a celebration of the diversity inherent in feminist thought and practice. Email  for more information about how to apply.


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Sexuality and Gender Alliance

The Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) is an active and thriving student organization committed to providing social support, education opportunities, and campus advocacy for the equality of all sexual, affectional, and gender minority individuals and their allies who are affiliated with the ETSU community. All ETSU students, faculty, staff, and their guests are welcome to attend, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, romantic orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, age, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or political ideology.



After graduation 

gradsWomen's Studies prepares students as leaders to analyze social inequities and initiate change. Women's Studies graduates are politically active in the broadest sense, from confronting gender inequities in their own relationships, families, and workplaces, to pursuing feminist art and writing, to participating on school boards and committees for
their children, to traditional political activism.

Our graduates have found jobs as a nonprofit administrator, diversity 
trainer, counselor/advocate, editor, writer, administrative assistant, grant project
manager, high school teacher, and college professor.

Women’s Studies graduates from ETSU have also sought graduate degrees in the
fields of law, health care, international affairs, public administration, public health, and women’s and gender studies. 


Notable Women of ETSU Annual Award Ceremony

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Congratulations to our 2019 Notable Women, Dr. Sarah Melton and Dr. Lynn Williams.

The recipients are nominated by faculty based on achievements and contributions in the women's studies field. On the Notable Women page you will also find a list of past recipients and the call for 2020 Notable Women Nominees.

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