Women’s Studies Minor

Discover how cultural norms and expectations influence the people we become.

Explore issues of respect, safety, body image and empowerment – learning more about the human condition in order to live better, more fully human lives.

We cannot help but be shaped by stereotypes. Yet, we must not be held in bondage by them. The more we understand the expectations our society creates for us, the more empowered we become to accept and evolve into the people we are destined to be.

Why Women’s Studies?
  • Fun and intellectually engaging minor
  • Great career differentiator come interview time
  • Small class sizes provide a comfortable atmosphere to explore challenging issues
  • Not your typical papers and projects
    • Gender Transgression Assignment
      • Do something not stereotypically associated with your gender (e.g. men getting facials, women going to car shows or comic book conventions) and write up an analysis of how other people reacted to your transgression of the stereotype
    • Guerilla Awareness Experiments
      • Design stickers that protest offensive representations of gender roles
  • Incredible on-campus opportunities where we challenge pre-conceived attitudes
Note: Both women and men are encouraged to participate in the Women’s Studies program.

Popular Majors that Choose a Women’s Studies Minor:

Social Sciences (Psychology/Sociology)
  • Supplement your social sciences major by exploring how we are shaped by our cultural environments.
Social Work
  • Develop your cultural understandings of social and family dynamics, and the heritage stories people carry around with them.
Criminal/Social Justice and Paralegal Majors
  • Develop a background in domestic violence and women’s issues to prepare you for the social rigors on the job.
Humanities (History, English, Philosophy and Theology Majors)
  • This is a wonderful complement to your humanities degree, in which you will uncover this all too often overlooked group throughout history.
For more information about the Women’s Studies program, please contact:

Dr. Karen Trimble Alliaume
Unit 1092, Theology
Lewis University
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446-2200
(815) 836-5884
alliauka@lewisu.edu

Dr. Tracey Nicholls
Unit 1092, Philosophy
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446-2200
(815) 836-5903
nicholtr@lewisu.edu

Note: The Women’s Studies Program thanks the students of the Fall 2012 Introduction to Women’s Studies class – Sophie Barakat, Kevinia Berkley, Ashley Castelo, Aaron Hart and Bill Healy – for their hard work on the service learning project that inspired our new website content.

Student Talk

  • Bill Healy

    "Now I look at things in a different light than I had before…almost like in the Matrix where Neo takes the red pill and becomes aware of the truth and reality of his society and his environment. And like Neo, I am not changed as a person, but merely more aware of the reality of my society and thus will seek to do what I can to change it for the better."

  • Ashley Silver

    "It is imperative to study Women’s Studies because for too long women have been ignored in academia, and the only way to ensure inclusion is to consciously bring women to the forefront of the conversation."

  • Greg Guest

    "If we never look at the big picture, we'll never benefit from the history that too many overlook. Women's Studies helps me witness and learn about those whose ideas and philosophies have been often cast aside, yet have brought my society closer to where it is today. It inspires me to go out and make the world a better place."

  • Meaghan Divane

    "Women's Studies is so diverse. The interdisciplinary aspect really gives me the opportunity to learn from some of the most gifted minds throughout the university, not just in one program."