Women's Studies

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5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

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Mary E. Ignagni, PhD
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Tel: 203-396-8360
ignagnim@sacredheart.edu

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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

Rasa Replete: The Visual Journey and Graphic Novels of Writer and Painter Amruta Patil

April 23, 2018

Sacred Heart University will host "Rasa Replete: The Visual Journey and Graphic Novels of Writer and Painter Amruta Patil" on Wednesday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium.

Images of Radical Hope: Contemporary Women Artists of the Middle East

March 28, 2018

Sacred Heart University's Human Journey Colloquia Series and the Women's Studies Program present "Images of Radical Hope: Contemporary Women Artists of the Middle East" on Thursday, April 5, at 2 p.m. in University Commons.

Women in Writing: A Panel Discussion

March 23, 2018

Sacred Heart University will host "Women in Writing: A Panel Discussion" on Wednesday, April 4, at 2 p.m. in HC203. This event is free and open to the public.