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Women's Studies Program

Department of Literature and Language

Dr. Phyllis Thompson

The Women’s Studies Program at ETSU is committed to strengthening interdisciplinary and diversity emphases at the university and to training students to address issues affecting women in the Appalachian South, nationally, and globally.

Drawing on a feminist approach to subject matter, method of inquiry, teaching, and learning, we

  1. Promote women-centered inquiry through curriculum, campus programming, and program governance;
  2. Direct attention to women’s historical and contemporary experience and accomplishments;
  3. Study gender as socially constructed rather than intrinsic or innate;
  4. Focus on diversity through the intersections of ability, age, class, culture, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion and sexuality;
  5. Improve students’ critical thinking skills in academic, personal, and professional life;
  6. Model interdisciplinary collaboration in research, teaching, learning, and co-curricular activities; and
  7. Promote and sustain an atmosphere for women’s leadership.

Our focus on “Leadership through Diversity” makes our Women’s Studies Program unique and highlights our emphasis on applied learning and leadership. As a result of our program’s emphasis on this link between the theory and practice, our graduates enter the workforce and/or graduate programs as accomplished social thinkers who are focused on civic engagement, social justice, and change and who can help to satisfy the continuing need—locally, nationally, and globally—to improve the lives, opportunities, and futures of women.

If you would like more information about the major or minor in Women’s Studies, our courses, scholarships, upcoming events, or how to get involved, I invite you to contact me at . In the meantime, definitely check out our website, newsletter, Facebook page, and blog for more detail about what we are currently up to, or, better yet, drop by to see us in person at our office in the Campus Center Building 211. Again, welcome to Women’s Studies at ETSU!

Dr. Phyllis Thompson
Director of Women’s Studies

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