Women's Studies

Women's studies is an academic field that draws on feminist and interdisciplinary methods in order to place women’s lives and experiences at the center of study, while examining social and cultural constructs of gender; systems of privilege and oppression; and the relationships between power and gender as they intersect with other identities and social locations such as race, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, and disability.

Popular theories within the field of women's studies include feminist theory, standpoint theory, intersectionality, multiculturalism, transnational feminism, social justice, affect studies, agency, biopolitics, materialisms, and embodiment. Research practices and methodologies associated with women's studies include ethnography, autoethnography, focus groups, surveys, community-based research, discourse analysis, and reading practices associated with critical theory, post-structuralism, and queer theory. The field researches and critiques societal norms of gender, race, class, sexuality, and other social inequalities.

Women's studies is closely related to the fields of gender studies, feminist studies, and sexuality studies, and more broadly related to the fields of cultural studies, ethnic studies, and African-American studies. Women's studies courses are offered in over seven hundred institutions in the United States, and globally in more than forty countries.

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Matching Women's Studies Colleges

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Four or more years; Public; $48,814 average out-state tuition; $15,433 average in-state tuition

University of California-Santa Cruz

Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Four or more years; Public; $33,523 average out-state tuition; $9,273 average in-state tuition

Oregon State University

Four or more years; Public; $27,735 average out-state tuition; $9,075 average in-state tuition

University of California-Santa Barbara

Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Four or more years; Public; $27,560 average out-state tuition; $11,619 average in-state tuition

California State University-Long Beach

Four or more years; Public; $17,622 average out-state tuition; $5,742 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Women's Studies Majors

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Sturgis Fellowship

University of Arkansas

$12,500 February 01, 2023 See Details
 

Sturgis Fellowship

University of Arkansas

award

$12,500

deadline

February 01, 2023
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Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowship

Hagley Museum and Library

$6,500 November 15, 2022 See Details
 

Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowship

Hagley Museum and Library

award

$6,500

deadline

November 15, 2022
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CU Boulder Arts & Humanities Achievement Scholarship

University of Colorado Boulder

$4,000 January 15, 2023 See Details
 

CU Boulder Arts & Humanities Achievement Scholarship

University of Colorado Boulder

award

$4,000

deadline

January 15, 2023
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CU Boulder Arts & Humanities Gold Scholarship

University of Colorado Boulder

$3,000 January 15, 2023 See Details
 

CU Boulder Arts & Humanities Gold Scholarship

University of Colorado Boulder

award

$3,000

deadline

January 15, 2023
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Myrna Lee Sprengler Memorial Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

$2,500 Varies See Details
 

Myrna Lee Sprengler Memorial Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

award

$2,500

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William and Effa McMeans Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

William and Effa McMeans Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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$2,000

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Arts and Science Alumni Affiliate Scholarship - Oakland University

Oakland University

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

Arts and Science Alumni Affiliate Scholarship - Oakland University

Oakland University

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$2,000

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SJSU Alumni Association Scholarship

San Jose State University, College of Social Sciences

$1,250 Varies See Details
 

SJSU Alumni Association Scholarship

San Jose State University, College of Social Sciences

award

$1,250

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Louise Greene-Elizabeth Smith Activist Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

$1,000 Varies See Details
 

Louise Greene-Elizabeth Smith Activist Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

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$1,000

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Humanities & Social Sciences Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, College of Arts and Science

$1,000 Varies See Details
 

Humanities & Social Sciences Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, College of Arts and Science

award

$1,000

deadline

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