“My minor in Women’s Studies gives me the necessary background to serve all members of my team in a manner that appreciates their individual life experiences and diversity, as well as the voice to advocate for them on the worksite and within the various communities we serve in.”

—Khaled Ismael, NIU alumnus and Field Team Leader for Americorps NCCC


Women’s Studies

The mission of Women’s Studies is to promote a global awareness and an appreciation for diversity through the study of women and gender. Our academic program offers excellence in interdisciplinary education with opportunities for community engagement and service learning. We prepare students—both women and men—for further study or employment in a diversifying work force.

Courses introduce students to feminist theory and scholarship. Our faculty’s teaching methods reflect diverse learning styles. We foster mentoring and advocacy for women, serving as a resource for research on women’s and gender issues, and honoring the achievements of women.

Type of Program: Minor (18 credit hours)

College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • WOMS 230: Women, Sex and Gender Today (3)
  • WOMS 235: Women Across
    Cultures and Centuries (3)
  • WOMS 432: Feminist Theory (3)
  • Relevant electives to be decided in
    consultation with advisor (9)

Sample of the electives:

  • ANTH 468: Anthropology of Gender (3)
  • BIO 324X: Women in Science (3)
  • COMS 410: Communication and Gender (3)
  • ENGL 383: Gay and Lesbian Literature (3)
  • HIS 353: Women in African History (3)
  • MGMT 498 Equal Opportunity
    and Employment (3)
  • SOCI: Racial and Ethnic Minority Families (3)


Women's Studies sponsors the Women's Rights Alliance student organization, which is open to all students.

Women's Studies also offers two scholarships: the Mothers Memorial Scholarship and the Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship.

The program sponsors a wide variety of educational and outreach programming and activities, including visiting speakers, film screenings and discussions, as well as a conference for high school women. Additionally, internships are available to those who qualify. The Women's Studies program maintains a library of resources which will be of interest to Women's Studies students as well as students in other disciplines.

Dr. Kristen Myers, Director
Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies
(815) 753-1038

Office location for the program - 103 Reavis Hall

For more information,
visit www.niu.edu/wstudies