The University of Akron Women's Studies Program

About Women's Studies

The Women's Studies Program was established as a way for students to examine how women have influenced society. Through a wide variety of classes, Women's Studies encourages students to debate assumptions, explore divergent viewpoints, and investigate the social, economic, and cultural practices that have shaped the lives of women around the world.

With an emphasis on critical thinking, the program integrates intellectual scholarship and research to explore how women have been represented in literature, history, society, sociology, and the media. Women's Studies challenges and prepares students to appreciate a pluralistic world and discover the self-interested biases often found in society's most powerful institutions--family, church, academia, business, and government.