College of Social Sciences
* Graduate Faculty
Degree and Certificates Offered: BA in liberal studies (women's studies), Undergraduate Certificate in Women's Studies, Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies
The Academic Program
Women's studies (WS) is an interdisciplinary program that examines women in society, culture, science, and history, as individuals and groups, with bodies and minds. With a faculty trained in a variety of fields of study, the program examines the role of gender in shaping history, psychology, anthropology, economics, sociology, political theory, literature, art, drama, education, law, medicine, and biology. It offers students an encounter with the important questions feminist research raises.
In order to analyze the construction of gender and the complexity of women's lives, the curriculum is divided into the following four clusters of related courses:
Women and men from all colleges at the Manoa campus take women's studies courses because of their interdisciplinary nature and ties to other fields of study. Eight WS courses meet the General Education Core requirements; many others are cross-listed with other departments. Women's studies offers a flexible major through the Liberal Studies Program, allowing students to pursue either a specialized or a general course of study. Women's studies is a uniquely promising avenue of self-understanding, as well as a means of connecting research on women to other academic interests. Those who understand the workings of gender in personal lives and social order can better pursue a variety of careers. The women's studies program at the Manoa campus offers a unique opportunity to study similarities and differences--racial, economic, ethnic, and regional--among women here and around the world, past, present, and future.
Students who are pursuing a general course of study through the Liberal Studies Program meet with the undergraduate program adviser for advising. Those students who are studying specific areas of women's studies are matched with professors who are experts in the students' areas of interest. The professors advise the students about major requirements and the best combination of classes for the students to take, given their interests.
Interested students should refer to the "Liberal Studies" section within the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, or consult with the Liberal Studies Program, Bachman Annex 13-9, (808) 956-7297.
Certificate in Women's Studies
Students earning a women's studies certificate (the equivalent of a minor) broaden their knowledge of the field by taking a structured array of courses drawn from the key components of women's studies. Students must complete 15 credits in women's studies by taking one course each from three of the four subfields offered in the women's studies curriculum. The two remaining courses needed for the certificate may be WS 151, WS 405, or courses chosen from any of the subfields.
Women's studies offers a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Women's Studies (AdWS Certificate). This certificate program provides a rigorous, integrated and relevant educational experience for students whose education and career objectives will be enhanced through creative and scholarly feminist analysis of women's lives and visions. The program guides students to: examine the factors that affect the status of women across cultures and through time; analyze theories and assumptions about women in various disciplines; contribute to the reformulation of social knowledge; explore institutionalizing social change that highlights and supports the achievements of women locally and internationally; and understand the usefulness of gender as an analytical tool in many fields.
Graduate studies leading to the AdWS Certificate are focused in four broad areas under the general rubric of gender studies.
Recipients of the AdWS Certificate must be classified graduate students, and normally will be pursuing graduate degrees in other academic departments. The AdWS Certificate will help students learn to apply feminist methodologies, analysis and problem-solving to their other academic fields, and to integrate the rigors of the scholarship on gender into their chosen professions as a means of enhancing their professional lives and opportunities for advancement.
A brochure listing research interests and publications of the members of the women's studies graduate faculty, as well as describing admissions and program requirements, is available on request from the program; this information also is available on the Word Wide Web (www2.soc.hawaii.edu). The following sections summarize the admissions and program requirements, but the program brochure should be consulted for complete details.
Remaining credits will be drawn from a list of courses approved by the women's studies graduate adviser. All students will work with a specific adviser to develop an AdWS Certificate curriculum based on their academic majors that best supports their academic and professional goals and objectives. Up to 6 credits towards the certificate may be taken in the student's home department provided that department's curriculum includes courses approved by women's studies.
Each student enrolled in the AdWS Certificate program will design, develop, and complete a research and/or community involvement project to culminate in a publishable-quality work or comparable product, and a professional quality seminar presentation given in the student's final semester of the program.