Women's Studies

As an interdisciplinary program, the Women's Studies Program focuses on feminist explorations of gender, sexuality, race-ethnicity, class and nationality and other social, cultural, political and economical practices, constructions and institutions that affect the lives of women.

The program develops scholarship about gender and women across time and geographic borders. Courses emphasize a critical analysis of constructions of gender and gender inequalities as they are challenged and reproduced by individuals and communities, while questioning homogenous approaches to the study of women's experiences.


Students can complete the Women's Studies minor in its entirety at Kent State Stark.

The Women's Studies minor offers flexible and diverse coursework across a variety of disciplines. Distinct in its commitments—born of women’s struggles, movements, lives and work—it invites students to revise perspectives, make fresh inquiries, broaden and deepen understandings by means of a simple but radical shift: the re-rendering of the female half of the human race not as "the second sex," but as primary, fundamental, essential and real. The program emphases are inclusiveness, criticality, academic freedom and responsibility.

Looking for more information about Women's Studies at Kent State Stark?

Email or call today.

Dr. Brenda Smith
406 Main Hall
bsmith30 [at] kent.edu