Women's Studies (WST), a multidisciplinary project emphasizing diversity, serves hundreds of students each academic year. Sponsoring departments include Art, Communications, Economics, English, History, HPER, Library and Sociology. Every term we offer several sections of Introduction to Women's Studies (WST 101), a course that examines women's roles cross-culturally in the family, workplace, community, professions and popular culture. A second course, Women's Issues In Global Context (WST 201), looks at labor, reproductive rights, education, sexual identity and grassroots activism in targeted areas around the world. We also offer The Goddess in World Religions (WST 110), which explores images in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, traditional African religions and Native American traditions, looking at both iconography and literary texts to see how the Goddess as a representation of the Divine affects women's spiritual identity and the larger culture.
Women's Studies particularly attracts non-traditional students, especially returning women, women of color, and working class women – transforming their lives, making them see the world with a new lens and enabling them to develop strategies for more successful lives.
The project's twenty-five core faculty members from various departments participate in an annual series of events for Women's History Month. A faculty seminar meets for two-hour sessions seven times each semester to discuss teaching methods, research, community activism and women in the vanguard of arts and professions. Guest speakers frequently present their work.
Its Coordinator, Barbara Horn, who won a New York State Vanguard Educational Recognition Award for educators who are supportive of non-traditional career choices, represents community colleges on the Governing Council of National Women's Studies Association and serves on the editorial board of the Women's Studies Quarterly. Like so many of the founding members of the project, she frequently publishes and presents papers in the fast growing discipline of Women's Studies.