Women's Studies is an academic program generating, supporting, and sharing research on women and gender. The Women's Studies Program at Appalachian State University was founded in 1976 - making it the second oldest program in North Carolina. A member of the National Women's Studies Association, our Women's Studies Program provides academic leadership to the community for the study of women, women's and gender issues, and gender/feminist/womanist theories.
Women’s Studies expands a student's knowledge about gender issues in history, society, literature, the arts, technology and culture. The program prepares students to meet societal needs by analyzing social inequities in both personal lives and social institutions. Alumni of this program have embarked on careers such as a child welfare worker, counselor, human resources administrator, job developer, lawyer, nurse and women's rights advocate.
The Women's Studies Program provides academic leadership to the Appalachian State University community for the study of women's and gender issues, and gender/feminist/womanist theories. This leadership finds expression both in the classroom as well as in a variety of other venues. In order to accomplish this mission, the program offers:
A new approach to traditional academic disciplines by incorporating the study and contribution of women;
An interdisciplinary model of scholarship constructed around women's and gender issues as well as gender/feminist/womanist theories;
An open atmosphere for the exchange of ideas and expressions of concern over a wide range of women's and gender issues on our campus and in our society.