Frequently Asked Questions

What is Women's Studies?
Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary course of study that fosters understanding of the ways in which social patterning of female and male roles impacts on human behavior and on the accumulation of knowledge.

Who are Women's studies students?
Anyone who possesses an interest in women’s studies, gender studies, and the issues that arise from them.

Can only women be majors or minors?
No. Any interested student of any gender may join the program.

What are the program requirements?
Please see the degree requirements for majors and minors.

Can I combine Women's Studies with another program?
Yes! One requirement of the program is that students must select a second major outside of Women's Studies. These additional majors can be selected from any program offered at Central Michigan University. Women's Studies minors need only select one major outside of the program.

Who is the Women's Studies Advisor?
The Interim Director of Women's Studies, Dr. Cherie Strachan, also serves as program advisor. The program office is located at 001 Anspach Hall. You may also e-mail her at, or reach her by phone at 989.774.3601.

How do I sign a major or minor?
Contact the Director of Women's Studies.

What can I do with a major in Women's Studies?
Please see our careers page for more information.

Do you offer a master's program?
No, however you can search for national and international master's programs through the website and Artemis Guide.

What kinds of courses should I take to begin with?
Women in America serves as the introductory course, beyond that, any courses that you find interesting and would like to explore.

What kinds of classes are there?
The program offers a wide variety of courses to choose from, including sexuality, history, religion, philosophy, psychology, health, and art.