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About Us

We are an interdisciplinary program offering both in Women’s Studies (our core classes) and cross-listed courses through departments across campus. Our faculty is drawn from a variety of departments, including (but not limited to), Art & Design, Classics, Criminal Justice, English, History, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology. The program supports and sponsors events addressing social, cultural, personal, and political issues that focus on women and gender. The Women’s Studies program offers an undergraduate minor and a graduate certificate.

Vision Statement

The Women’s Studies Program at Marshall University envisions equality among people, where the vitality of a community can be measured by the extent which all of its members can fully participate and contribute, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, social class, religion, disability, citizenship, or any other barrier.

Mission Statement

We follow a multi-method and interdisciplinary approach to education and social action in order to broaden people’s knowledge, understanding, and awareness of gender and inequality.


Participants in the Women’s Studies Program at Marshall University values the unique experience of all people.We do not intend “equality” to mean that people are all the same, but rather believe that equality means that all people have an equal opportunity to contribute.We recognize that there are similar barriers to equal opportunity depending on gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, social class, religion, disability, and citizenship, and it is our desire to allow all people to participate fully in order to enrich our community and people’s experiences within it.


  • Interpret the human experience including a critical analysis of gender, race, ethnicity, social class, sexuality, religion, disability, and citizenship.
  • Enhance intellectual and personal growth by encouraging students to examine both their own and others’ beliefs, customs, and values.
  • Understand the unique contributions of women of all backgrounds in a historical and global context.
  • Promote the equitable treatment of all members of society.
  • Understand the historical and contemporary social mechanisms that promote or limit women’s development as full participants in society.
  • Encourage action to ameliorate sexism and inequality and promote social justice.
  • Use gender and culture-inclusive language in written and oral communication, and understand language as a means of liberation or discrimination.
  • Expose students to various ways of learning, knowing, and communicating and to strengthen communication across academic disciplines.
  • Complement the existing curriculum where systematic attention to women’s experiences and contributions are needed.
  • Celebrate commonality and diversity among women.


Dr. Laura Michele Diener
Harris Hall 107

Sarah E. Reynolds, M.A.
Old Main 357

Old Main 357