Undergraduate Programs

The main purpose of an undergraduate education is to sharpen communication, writing, analytical and teamwork skills. The U-M Women’s Studies Department uses a relevant, feminist focus to achieve all these goals in exciting ways.

The interdisciplinary nature of Women’s Studies at Michigan is reflected in the areas of our undergraduate curriculum:

  • Feminist Practice and Activism
  • Feminist Theory
  • Gender and Health
  • Gender in a Global Context
  • Gender, Culture and Representation
  • Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Sexuality Studies

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Women's Studies @Michigan, LSA produced a four minute video about the Department.  Watch it here.

You also may be interested in the book Transforming Scholarship:  Why Women's and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World by Michele Tracy Berger and Cheryl Radeloff and an article from Ms. Magazine in fall 2012 about the field of Women' Studies, So You Want to Change the World?  by Michele Tracy Berger.  There is also a commentary in the Chronicle of Higher Education, "If Students Are Smart, They’ll Major in What They Love."

Where Women’s Studies Alumni Work After Graduation

Women's Studies alumni work in a wide-range of fields, including advocacy, business, communications and media, education, health, law, non-profit section, politics, and scientific research.

Click here to see a list of the jobs of Women's Studies alumni.

Click here to link to an article from Ms. Magazine in fall 2012, "So You Want to Change the World?  

Click here to see a powerpoint presentation on Career Options for Women's Studies majors, prepared by the U-M Career Center.

Contact Us

The Women’s Studies Department is located at 1122 Lane Hall, 204 S. State St. (at the corner of E. Washington St.), Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies is Prof. Ruby Tapia. The Undergraduate Program Coordinator is Donna Ainsworth. If you have questions about the undergraduate program please contact Donna Ainsworth, donnasa@umich.edu.


Donna Ainsworth is the departmental advisor from mid-April through August. You can sign up for her regular advising hours here or email wsp.advising@umich.edu to make an appointment. Advising is held in 1122 Lane Hall.  Phone appointments may also be scheduled.  We look forward to meeting you.