Women's Studies

“My professors have always gone out of their way to provide me with a thought-provoking and insightful education” -- Brandi Krause

Women's Studies offers an interdisciplinary, multicultural exploration of societal conditions that affect women in many contexts, such as health, communication, the workplace, and the law, which can be useful in a wide range of professions.

Women's Studies Students.

Possible Careers

A major in Women's Studies prepares students for a wide array of human services fields that specifically serve women clients, customers, or consumers.

Common career fields include;

  • Social Services
  • Industries
  • Communications Fields
  • Research
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Government
  • Law Enforcement
  • Non-Profit Agencies

In addition, the program builds a foundation for graduate work in Women's Studies, Law, Social Sciences, Humanities, or Health disciplines.

Why Choose Women's Studies at WIU?

Western Illinois University is one of the few universities in the state that has a Women's Studies Department with faculty who teach exclusively in the area of women's studies.  Most women's studies programs are comprised of faculty from other departments who teach an occasional women's studies course.  However, having a Women's Studies department allows Western's students to develop positive working relationships with a core group of faculty who know them and their future goals

We take great pride in the success of our students, and we are committed to working with our students towards the successful completion of their degrees.  

Some Of Our Graduates
  • Brandi Krause, Senior Women's Studies Major; Sociology Minor
  • Christie Carmack, Senior Women Studies Major; Psychology Minor


At A Glance

Degree Available: Bachelor of Arts

Minor Available? Yes

Graduate Degree Available? No

Campus: Macomb

Study Opportunities:

  • GradTrac
  • Honors

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