A word about us. We are an interdisciplinary minor program – though our sights are set on the future. Here, we hope to grow - in fresh (and refreshed) partnerships towards critical, vital, sustainable ends that can and will benefit Kent State's students, faculty, our university community and those parts of the wide world close by and distant -- within our reach.

Kent State's Women's Studies Program offers flexible and diverse coursework that taps in to the distinct scholarship across fields and disciplines known as Women's Studies. The program also offers its own core courses: a wide and continually refreshed variety of Special Topics courses, the Colloquium in Women's Studies and Feminist Theory.

Syllabi Sampling

One of the hallmarks of Women's Studies at Kent State University is it's rich interdisciplinary tradition as evidenced by the breadth of topics explored within course offerings. Below are a sampling of the syllabi that illustrate the diverse range and scope of Women's Studies.

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About the Director

Dr. Suzanne L. Holt is the Director of Women's Studies on the Kent Campus. Her office is now located in 204 Cartwright Hall!  Dr. Holt's recurring office hours vary semester by semester; students are encouraged to email or call ahead at 330-672-8042 for a confirmed meeting time.

Watch Dr. Holt in action as she discusses teaching "Hillary Clinton Case Study" at Kent State University. Our program is represented on " Forum 360" - a television interview by Leslie Ungar, its host. 

Watch the Forum 360 Interview 

Fall 2020 Course Offerings

WMST 20095: Witches: The Monstrous Feminine in Pandemic Times

  • Instructor: Suzanne Holt
  • Online

WMST 30000: Colloquium in Women’s Studies

  • Instructor: Suzanne Holt
  • In-person and online sections 
  • Wednesdays, 6:35 PM 

WMST 30001: Feminist Theory

  • Instructor: Suzanne Holt
  • Online

WMST 40095: Special Topics in Women’s Studies - 3 credit hours “Feminist Research Methods"

  • Instructor: Suzanne Holt
  • Online 


LGBT 20020: Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies

  • Instructor: Lauren Vachon
  • Section 1: MW 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
  • Section 2: Online 

LGBT 20095: Special Topics in LGBTQ Studies - 3 credit hours - "Fighting Back: Queer Voices and Activism for Pandemic Times

  • Instructor: Lauren Vachon
  • W 5:30PM - 8:15 PM

LGBT 40201: Introduction to Transgender Studies 

  • Instructor: Dr. GPat Patterson
  • TR 3:35 PM - 5:00 PM; Stark & Tuscarawas Campuses 

LGBT 40202: Queer Theory 

  • Instructor: Lauren Vachon
  • MW 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

LGBT 41198: LGBTQ Research Methods 

  • Instructor: Lauren Vachon
  • Online

English 21003: Introduction to LGBT Literature

  • Kent Campus 
    • Instructor: Pamela Denise Takayoshi  
    • TR 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM   
  • Stark Campus 
    • Instructor: Jay D. Sloan 
    • TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM