About the WOMS Program

What students say about NIU Women's Studies:

Women's Studies courses and activities "present opportunities that meaningfully challenge and change the way you think about and interact with the world." -Alex (undergraduate student)


Women's Studies is "tremendously valuable to both male and female students alike as it involves the study of issues that have relevance and resonance to all of us." -Ashley (graduate student)


"Women’s Studies...has given me a voice. I feel comfortable expressing my views, and calling myself a feminist because of the support I have received from the wonderful people in Women’s Studies at NIU.” -Heather (undergraduate student)


"Taking classes in Women's Studies has been one of the best parts of my experience at NIU." -Jillian(graduate student)

About the Women's Studies Program

Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program housed in Northern Illinois University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Any undergraduate in the university may earn a Women's Studies certificate by taking 2 core courses and 2 electives (12 hours total); or undergraduates may choose to earn a minor in Women's Studies by taking 3 core courses and 3 additional courses selected from related electives offered for credit towards the minor (18 hours total). The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences also offers students the opportunity to construct an individualized contract major in Women’s Studies (B.A. or B.S.).

At the graduate, masters and doctoral level, students may earn a graduate certificate in Women's Studies or a Law & Women's Studies Graduate Certificate  (12 hours total).

Women's Rights Alliance organizes NIU's annual Take Back the Night March

The Women's Studies Program sponsors two student organizations. The NIU Women's Rights Alliance is open to all students.  Events and activities of the Women's Rights Alliance have included performances of Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues and A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer; an educational workshop called "The Vagina Seminar;" Take Back the Night March, and fundraisers.  For more information about the Women's Rights Alliance, email niuwra@gmail.com, or contact the Women's Studies Program. The Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Student Association (WAGSA) is open to all NIU graduate students. The group offers networking and programming opportunities for graduate students interested in any are of women's, gender, sexuality and/or queer studies. WAGSA activities have included panel discussions, Women's History Month events, and social outtings. For more information about WAGSA, contact the Women's Studies Program.