Until very recently, scholars in the academic disciplines
considered the experience of women to be peripheral.
During the late 1960s, however, many researchers turned
their attention to the study of women, attempting to
correct what they viewed as distortions in scholarship.
They discovered that the study of women enlarges the
purview of all scholarship and opens new perspectives
from which to view social reality. At Assumption College,
the Women’s Studies program began with a grant from
the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant
brought together professors from four disciplines to
design an introductory interdisciplinary course,
ENG/HIS/PSY/SOC 285 Women’s Studies: Images.
In 1993, a Minor in Women’s Studies was approved. The minor program requires students to take the introductory course, plus five other courses, one of which may be applied toward another major or minor program in the undergraduate college. Students may also pursue an internship concerning women’s issues in government or social service agencies. This minor is important for all students, but especially for those who intend to work in areas of policy making, urban planning, social service, or the law. In addition to the introductory course, usually teamtaught, students select from an array of courses approved as Women’s Studies electives. These courses change from semester to semester, but often include some of the following:
Field-based courses in Psychology, Sociology, and
Social and Rehabilitation Services count for the
Women’s Studies Minor if the field placement focuses
on women and/or girls. An Independent Study with a
focus on women and/or issues of significance to
women may also count for the minor, as do courses
with a focus on women offered in Continuing
Education or through the Worcester Consortium.
For further information, contact Dr. Regina Edmonds (Psychology Department), Coordinator.
* This course, if taken with the ENG prefix, satisfies the second literature requirement for English. If taken with either the prefix PSY or SOC, it satisfies one Social Science General Education requirement. *
n the fall of 2006, 34 of the brightest incoming first year students will participate in the new Honors Program.