Women's Studies

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Mary E. Ignagni, PhD
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The Women's Studies program allows both female and male students a forum to broaden their education by enriching their understanding of women through multiple fields of inquiry, and by offering theoretical and experiential opportunities to explore issues of diversity in gender, class, race, and sexuality. The program supports critical thinking about women's and men's social, economic, cultural, and political roles in the past, present, and the future. The program challenges students to develop their intellectual understanding of the impact of gender as an organizing force and cultural construct in societies. 

As the global community continues to explore universal themes of justice, equality, human dignity and integrity, personal freedom and political liberty, the facts of women's lives have become issues of international focus, so that a minor in Women's Studies is a natural compliment to such majors such as Business; Criminal Justice; History; Literature and Foreign Languages; Media Studies; Psychology; Religious Studies, and Sociology and Social Work. 

The program in Women's Studies also provides students with the opportunity to enrich their understanding of women as well as men through multiple fields of inquiry, and students are encouraged to explore the meaning and application of such understanding to their own lives. The members of the faculty in the Women's Studies Program, drawn from several departments at Sacred Heart University, are superior scholars in their own disciplines and are committed to academic excellence. They seek to engage students in critical thinking about women's and men's social, economic, cultural, and religious roles, and to challenge students to develop their own intellectual understanding of the impact of gender as an organizing force and cultural construct in all societies.

Latest News

The Honorable Elaine L. Chao to Speak as Part of "Women Can Have It All" Series

March 9, 2016

Fairfield, Conn. - Linda McMahon, founder and CEO of Women’s Leadership LIVE and co-founder and former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), will host the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor (2001-2009), in the fifth installment of her ongoing series, “Women Can Have it All,” at Sacred Heart University.

SHU Hosts Documentary Filmmaker Abigail Disney

October 1, 2011

The five-part series explores women’s strategic role in conflict and peace building. It shines a light on women who are changing the rules of engagement in conflict zones in Colombia, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Liberia. Among those featured are Afghan women’s rights’ activists who risk everything, including their lives, to make sure that women have a say in peace talks with the Taliban and a daring Bosnian woman who breaks her silence and testifies about rape and sexual enslavement. The series was created by Dr. Disney, Pamela Hogan and Gini Reticker.

Dr. Abigail Disney to Discuss 'Women, War & Peace' at SHU

September 1, 2011

Award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist, Dr. Abigail E. Disney, will be spending the evening of Monday, October 3 with the Sacred Heart University community to discuss and view her upcoming provocative and courageous PBS mini-series, Women, War & Peace. Followed by a roundtable discussion with students and faculty, there will be a special screening of Women, War & Peace at 7pm in University Commons, with a Q&A period to follow. The program is part of The Human Journey Colloquia Series.