“I didn’t think I needed these classes”
What are all these people doing for work, teaching Women’s Studies to the next generation of students?
USA Today reports:
Women’s studies has changed over the years — and it’s more popular than ever
Drew Nelson, a business major at Indiana University, never expected he would pick up a minor in gender studies.
“I wasn’t very interested in the subject, to be honest, but once I started doing a lot of the class readings and having discussions with people in the class, I kind of got interested,” Nelson said.
Although Nelson wasn’t sure if the class content would be helpful to him in the future, he said that since picking up his minor, he already thinks he’s able to understand and relate to his peers and colleagues better, while also finding it easier to accept people that aren’t so similar to him.
“I guess I thought that because I was a guy, that was also part of why I didn’t think I needed these classes,” he said. “But these aren’t women’s help session classes. They’re a chance for us to have a conversation and to be able to understand one another better, no matter who we are.”
Women’s studies programs began popping up at universities around the country in the 1960s, and today, the academic discipline is still on the rise.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of women’s and gender studies degrees in the United States has increased by more than 300% since 1990, and in 2015, there were more than 2,000 degrees conferred.
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