Undergraduate Program in Women's Studies

The undergraduate program in Women's Studies at the University at Albany has been cited for excellence by the National Women's Studies Association for its long and successful history of innovative teaching, and by the prestigious journal Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society for its exemplary commitment to educating women for participation in the political process.

The Department offers the B.A. in Women's Studies; students may also pursue a double major or a minor. Outstanding students may apply to the combined B.A./M.A. program once they have completed a minimum of 60 credits, and if accepted, may apply up to 10 credits of graduate work toward both their undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Students are encouraged to apply for the Women's Studies Honors Program.

Students who enroll in Women's Studies find out that one course can change their lives. They meet peers from New York and the world; they encounter persons from backgrounds different from their own and learn the value of building bridges that promote communication across the lines that divide us; in particular they gain insight into the lives of students from other racial, ethnic, class, and family forms, including differences in sexual orientation. Both women and men who enroll in Women's Studies learn to analyze gender in the context of these differences, and to assess its impact on individuals and institutions.