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 Florida

Four or more years; Public; $25,694 average out-state tuition; $4,477 average in-state tuition

Mt San Antonio College

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $9,968 average out-state tuition; $1,288 average in-state tuition

University of California-Santa Cruz

Four or more years; Public; $41,196 average out-state tuition; $11,442 average in-state tuition

Sierra College

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $7,848 average out-state tuition; $1,104 average in-state tuition

University of California-Santa Barbara

Four or more years; Public; $41,196 average out-state tuition; $11,442 average in-state tuition

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Four or more years; Public; $34,101 average out-state tuition; $11,018 average in-state tuition

San Diego State University

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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Beinecke Scholarship - Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College

$34,000 Varies See Details
 

Beinecke Scholarship - Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College

award

$34,000

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Nancy Shaw McKee Scholarship

Clarion University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences

Up to $22,030 Varies See Details
 

Nancy Shaw McKee Scholarship

Clarion University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences

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Up to $22,030

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U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

U.S. Department of Education

Up to $20,000 Varies See Details
 

U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

U.S. Department of Education

award

Up to $20,000

deadline

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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

deadline

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Duberman-Zal Fellowship

City University of New York

$2,500 December 01, 2024 See Details
 

Duberman-Zal Fellowship

City University of New York

award

$2,500

deadline

December 01, 2024
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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

award

$2,000

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Edward Prichett Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Up to $2,000 Varies See Details
 

Edward Prichett Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Up to $2,000

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CLAGS Fellowship - CUNY

City University of New York

$2,000 December 01, 2024 See Details
 

CLAGS Fellowship - CUNY

City University of New York

award

$2,000

deadline

December 01, 2024
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Henry Belin du Pont Research Grant

Hagley Museum and Library

Up to $3,200 June 30, 2024 See Details
 

Henry Belin du Pont Research Grant

Hagley Museum and Library

award

Up to $3,200

deadline

June 30, 2024
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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

deadline

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