Women's Studies majors complete a 2-semester research sequence in their senior year.
In the Fall semester, they prepare a formal proposal for a project which they actually
conduct in the Spring.
Get to know our Women's Studies graduating major for Class of 2009 and their research
Below:Jill Kubichan and Hilary Holman
Jill Kubichan is a double major in Sociology and Women Studies.
1/ What made you choose this major?
A friend gave me a copy of the book “Full Frontal Feminism” (a book from Rodman’s
Intro to Women’s Studies) and it sparked my interest to take the intro course and
later pursue the major.
2/ What are you focusing on in the major?
My senior research project focuses on the acceptance of rape myths in high schools
in order to better understand how violence against women is normalized in society.
I found my research topic after interning at Hanover Safe Place (local women’s shelter)
for my Bassett Internship Program.
3/ What advice would you give to an undecided student, whom might be looking into
majoring in Women Studies?
Women’s Studies isn’t just about sexism ,but structures of inequality. Moreover
though, I just didn’t understand why women face more adversity. For example, my
mom was fired for pointing to her boss that she was the lowest paid accountant at
her firm. Now I have a better understanding of these adversities.
4/ Why shouldn’t males shy away from women’s studies
They think it’s just about women but it’s not. It’s about gender, inequality, race,
and sex. There is a lot for men to learn about from Women Studies …especially about
themselves…it is not just about women.
5/ Is there anything about being an athlete in women’s studies?
There is inequality in the amount of females accepted into schools in athletics
compared to men.
Hilary Holman is a double major in Women Studies and Religion.
1/ What made you choose this major?
-I picked women studies because I enjoy the courses, specifically the introduction
to WMST 101 and Sex and culture. It taught me a new way to think, to be critical
of not only the course material but the world around me.
- My research topic is on women in the clergy and the patriarchal constraint that
inhibit women’s rise in leadership positions.
Women’s Studies is a good outlet for someone who is interested for social analysis
but may not be interested in Sociology. It is a great way to analyze the world from
one’s own perspective and that of others, it is also essential to liberal arts because
it helps you understand the world around you.
4/ Why should men be intersted in Women Studies?
In the women’s studies curriculum there is a lot of work on masculinity studies
which help males understand the world more.Men suffer under the constraint of patriarchy
just as much as women and regardless of the name of the courses men would benefit
just as much as women.
Get to know some of our Women's Studies minors for Class of 2009:
Below:Otis Kay, Elizabeth Gauthier and Gamal Alwan
Otis Kay is majoring in Political science with a minor in Women Studies
1/ What would you say influenced you in minoring in Women Studies?
Personally, I believed it had to do with coming from a single parent household,
and living with my sister. I also feel like it is a responsibility as a male set
the example for others, so they can step out of their role and look at the world
from a women’s perspective.
2/Why should more men be interested in Women’s Studies?
First of all Women Studies is an understudied field by men, and if more men were
took an interest, they would understand women better and it would ameliorate intergender
relationships. Besides that, I strongly suggest that everyone build a background
of some sort in Women Studies, even if they only take one course I am sure their
observation of the world around them would never be the same.
3/ What do you plan on doing with your minor?
My minor, I am hoping would look good on a resume, and make my employers realize
that I am well rounded in my studies. Also my intentions to work in a field where
interactions with others would be constant, it would give me an advantage in being
able to establish better connections.
4/ What is the focus of your study in the subject?
I think there are many important points, so it would be hard for me to pick just
one, but topics such Women’s Rights, reproductive rights and voting rights mainly
picked my interest.
5/With all the topics you stated, do you think that there could be solutions concerning
Possibly, but all in all the only solution would mostly be Education.
Elizabeth Rachel Gauthier
1/Why did you decide to minor in Women Studies?
In high school, I was given the chance to work at a battered women's shelter. This
was the first time I clearly became aware of the position of women in our society.
When I finally came to college I decided to take a sociology class, Sex and Culture,
and it was then that I decided to take other related classes. Once I became aware
of my position as a feminist, I saw the minor as a way for me to learn and grow
as a feminist.
2/How do you think this minor may give you an advantage in your future career?
I hope to become a professor of Anthropology, possibly focusing on women's issues.
The classes taken within the minor will allow me to enter the field of Anthropology
with a particular point of view.
3/State an important issue you think affects college students that is addressed
by the field.
Rape on college campuses is a very important issue which affects both men and women
students. Learning about the faults of our patriarchal society helps me gain a better
understanding of this issue thus providing with the tools to raise awareness on
4/What advice would you give to an undecided student, whom might be interested in
This will sound cheesy, but really, it will change your life. After taking about
three classes in the field (maybe even by the first class) everything in our society
will begin to seem different. You will become a stronger person and will develop
the skills needed to change things you think need to be different in our world.
5/How can males benefit from taking a women's studies course?
Because issues affecting women also affect or involve men, men are able to approach
their lives and those of the women around them with a different point of view. Being
aware of the experience of those people close to them (mothers, sisters, friends)
can only surely help deepen the connection they have with these individuals.
6/Are you involved in a particular group or activity with which you think Women
Studies has a connection? Explain.
"If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.”
El Comandante Che Guevara
I have been involved with Macon Peer Response which advocates for sexual assault
and relationship violence awareness. The knowledge I have gained from my women's
studies classes have been directly applicable to the way I participate in the activities
of the group which include responding to crisis calls and also making others aware
of the very real threat of sexual assault and relationship violence that both men
and women face.
7/Other comments about the program and/or the professors who teach WMSt courses.
The passion with which Dr Rodman taught the Sex and Culture class and the introductory
course to Women's Studies inspired me to continue in the field. Dr Armenia's constant
push to gain a fuller and more accurate knowledge about the theories which apply
to our daily lives as gendered individuals has allowed to go beyond the simple facts
concerning our society.
Gamal Alwan another minor in Women Studies states:
"I have found my Women's Studies courses here extremely interesting. They present
an entirely different perspective; as people often say, instead of just learning
history, you're learning herstory."