Academics

FAQ's

WHAT IS AFRICANA WOMEN'S STUDIES (AWS) AT BENNETT COLLEGE FOR WOMEN?
Africana Women’s Studies is a major track within the Interdisciplinary Studies Major in the department of History, Philosophy, Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies. As an interdisciplinary academic program we support the college’s mission to “offer women an education conducive to excellence in scholarly pursuits; preparation for leadership roles in the workplace, society, and the world; and the life-long learning in a technologically advanced, complex global society” through academically challenging courses and quality co-curricular activities.

WHY WOMEN’S STUDIES AT BENNETT COLLEGE?
AWS offers our students an opportunity to engage in study centered on the scholarship, experiences and activism of women. As one of two historically black institutions for women we know that it is important to provide students with the scholastic support to understand their position as global women.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A WOMEN'S STUDIES DEGREE?
Africana Women’s Studies at Bennett College for Women is an interdisciplinary discipline and program. We study women and gender issues from many vantage points with a primary emphasis on women of African heritage. The interconnections between race, nationality, class, sexuality, religion, and transnationalism are our subjects of inquiry. We promote global women’s activism through service-learning projects and local community activities. With a degree in women’s studies you can:

Be an artist – visual artist, poet, graphic artist, museum director, filmmaker, concert producer, dance, and choreographer

Own a business or work as an operations manager, information specialist, bookstore owner, international banker, realtor, commercial property manager, cook, interior designer

Educate others – elementary school teacher, college professor, special education teacher, principal, provost, college president, historian, anthropologist, oceanographer, college advisor, resident director, science teacher (biology, chemistry, nanoscience), minister or theologian

Be a healer – physician, registered nurse, psychologist or psychiatrist, midwife, mental health professional, family health practitioner, ob/gyn, acupuncturist. You can work in politics, research, astronomy, journalism, library science, human services, do non-profit work, or create a career.

With women’s studies we encourage you to be a critical thinker and use your skills to enrich and enliven the world.