General Department Information


Curricular Focus:

Women's studies is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary and historical women including cultural, social, political, economic, and philosophical aspects of the female experience.


Department Goals:


The women's studies program is designed to allow students to explore the position of women in human society from a variety of perspectives.


Departmental Areas of Concentration:


  • Gender and communication
  • women's literature
  • changing roles of man and woman
  • human sexuality
  • women's health
  • women in crime and justice
  • leisure and culture
  • historical perspectives of black women
  • women in sports
  • women in philosophy
  • thics of sex and gender
  • women and politics
  • development of and change in gender roles and identity

Additional faculty research interests include feminist theory and feminism and pornography.


Degrees Offered:


Undergraduate minor in women's studies.


Special Programs within the School:


Women's Resource Center (WRC). The WRC's primary goals are to facilitate the advancement of and to enhance the quality of educational and professional life for women students, faculty, and staff at Kent State. The WRC serves as a resource for advocacy by providing education, information, and referral programs and services. The WRC promotes dialogue and interaction with all campus constituencies concerned with the pursuit of equity and equality. A secondary purpose is to provide collaborative outreach and support services to women in Kent's larger educational and geographical communities. The WRC home page is:

Department website



Scope of Coverage


Currently the primary collection focus is in the LC class, Feminism (HQ 1101-2030), which is collected at the Initial Study level with the objective of collecting at the Advanced Study level. Women's Studies collects selected materials dealing with feminism and women's experience in the subject areas of American and English literature and literary criticism; law, crime, and police; philosophy; history; education; socialism; employment; and pornography. The great majority such works dealing with women's experience in specific subject areas are collected by the appropriate department for each subject area.



Coverage Parameters


Generally, the majority of materials collected are current materials in English. No limits have been established for language, date of publication, geographical location, or publishers. Multiple copies are not collected.


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Material Types
Recent Acquisitions!

Monographs and serials are the primary material types collected. Materials in other formats, such as CD-ROMs and videocassettes are collected when requested.


Listing of current serials for Women's Studies held by KSU library.


Online Services and Electronic Resources:


Through OhioLINK, access is available to the Contemporary Women's Issues database at, as well as periodicals dealing with women' studies or feminism held at the Electronic Journal Center.



Interdisciplinary Relations


Women's studies has relationships with a number of departments:

  • Art
  • Communications
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Studies
  • Health Education
  • History
  • Justice Studies
  • Leisure, Exercise and Sport
  • Pan-African Studies
  • Physical Education, Professional
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


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