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Women's Studies

Women's Studies Concentration (WMS)

In this interdisciplinary field, students study history, economics, psychology, health, music, literature, and the visual arts in order to understand the position of women in society and to investigate varying influences upon women's and men's lives, such as race, class, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, and age.

Students have the opportunity to think about the construction and influences of gender in contemporary society, to discover the historical factors that have shaped the current status of women from varying backgrounds and countries, and to explore paths to achieve equality for all people. The interdisciplinary nature of WMS means that many courses are cross-listed with other departments. Be sure to register for the courses under the WMS prefix.

  • WMS 201: Introduction to Feminist Theory
  • One upper-level feminist theory course:
  • WMS 305: Cont. Feminist Theory and Practice 
  • WMS 306: Third Wave Feminism 
  • WMS 307: Ecofeminism 
  • WMS 309: Global Feminism
  • Three 300-level WMS electives, one from a non- Western perspective from an approved list

Note: Many concentration courses have pre-requisite courses. It is the student’s responsibility to complete these courses. It is strongly recommended that you take courses in the listed sequence.


Online programs and courses are offered by the Departments and Colleges of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth through UMass Dartmouth University Extension.


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