What does it mean to be a woman today? What did it mean in the past? What is feminism? How does culture-popular culture and high culture-reflect and shape our experiences as women? What impact do women have on the world? How can we improve the situation of women in the United States and throughout the world?
These are just some of the questions we ask in Women's Studies, a highly interdisciplinary field of study that impacts everything we do at Cottey College. Because Women's Studies' reach is so broad, it provides a strong complement to any major you choose.
One of the most unique features of Cottey's Women's Studies program is that it resides in a women's college. From Virginia Alice Cottey's desire to educate women to be "knowledgeable, thinking, mature adults" to the college's current mission to "educate…women to be contributing members of a global society through a challenging curriculum and a dynamic campus experience," Cottey's primary concern is women. This commitment to women's education is at the heart of Women's Studies.
While the Women's Studies program offers a wide range of courses, students learn about women in courses outside the Women's Studies program, in co-curricular activities ranging from student organizations to suite life, and in interactions with the many feminist mentors they encounter on campus. Women's Studies, therefore, is at the heart of the college.