Women's Studies

Major: Women's Studies
Program Director:
 Deidra Donmoyer Associate Professor of Communication
Academic Catalogue

Women’s Studies students will work to understand the personal, relational, and cultural landscapes of women (and men) in the US and around the world that are shaped by biology, society, and cultural notions of gender. The program provides students with the opportunity to recognize the many ways in which their and others’ lives are formed and limited by a variety of cultural circumstances. Based in feminist perspectives, the program works to empower our students to challenge such limitations through critical examination and theoretical analysis. Women's Studies offers a comprehensive and inclusive variety of coursework so that students learn about the different social constructions and interconnections of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, social economic status, ability/disability, nationality, religion, etc. across cultures, regions, and historical periods for an examination of intersectional perspectives of identity.

The Women's Studies program is interdisciplinary, allowing students who choose its courses to examine both current and historical experiences of women through a variety of lenses, to analyze representations of women in the past and present, and to study the work of important female figures in different disciplines. Students take courses that are cross-listed from other departments at the college, such as Art, Communication, Economics, English, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Theatre; the unifying feature of the work is the focus on women’s issues. Through this course of study, majors will learn to position themselves as critical specialists of gender, its representations, and its interrelated workings with society in a particular area of interest. Prioritizing empowerment, academic excellence, and intersectional dynamics, the WST program is committed to cultivating well-rounded, critically engaged, passionate women who are responsible leaders and advocates in their local, national, and global communities.  For information about specific courses offered, please see our Academic Catalogue.

Field Study
Students majoring in Women’s Studies have interned with Crisis Line & Safe/House in Macon, governmental organizations on local and national levels, international NGOs, public relations offices, art venues, Georgia magazines, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in the local community and throughout the United States.

Special Opportunities
Each year the program engages in its annual celebration of Women’s History Month during March. In the spring semester, students organize events to educate and advocate about various issues concerning women on our campus, in our community, and around the world. Activities include women’s and girls’ empowerment for students and with local organizations, film screenings, collaborative discussions about prominent topics, and an annual clothing drive for a Macon women’s shelter. Of particular notice, is due to Women’s Studies interdisciplinary and intersectional goals, students often work throughout the year to organize campus events with other organizations and majors across campus such as AXIS (an international group), the Black Student Alliance, GLBL (sexuality organization), and ACT (the feminist activist group). Finally, Women’s Studies majors have presented their research at regional and national conferences in such areas as women’s studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, cultural studies, media, literature, psychology, and political science.

Outcomes and Post-Graduation Success
The Women’s Studies major does not fit one particular career, and many students decide to double major in order to cross-their disciplinary passions. Instead, this field will prepare students for a wide variety of professional opportunities, including not-for profit work, social justice, advocacy or counseling, education, social service, government, law, art, advertising, and business. The Women's Studies degree is also excellent preparation for graduate education in women, gender, & sexualities studies, critical cultural studies, humanities, law, and social science fields.


Deidra DonmoyerDeidra Donmoyer Associate Professor of Communication. B.A. (Communication) Kutztown University 1993; M.A. (Communication) Auburn University 1996; Graduate Certificate (Women's Studies) Bowling Green State University 2001; Ph.D. (Rhetorical Theory and Criticism)  Bowling Green State University 2003. My research is centered on rhetorical, film, women's, cultural, and pedagogical studies; these interests converge through critical awareness and ideological positionality. Using film as a primary basis of rhetorical analysis, I am able to come to understandings of how women are represented and who they are thought to be, thereby exploring how society may expect women to behave and interact in everyday life. Tate 218. ddonmoyer@wesleyancollege.edu

ROostRegina B. Oost Professor of English and English Department Chair. B.A. (English), University of Utah 1984; M.A. (English) University of Utah 1986; Ph.D. (English) University of Utah 1994. My primary research interests include 18th- and 19th-century British literature, literary theory, African literature, and women’s writing. Tate 216. 

ShellyMichele T. Martin Professor of PsychologyB.A. (Psychology) Michigan State University 1987; M.A. (Clinical Psychology) University of Virginia 1992; Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) University of Virginia 1995. My area of specialty is child, family, and adult clinical psychology. My research interests are the effects of family factors on child and adolescent adjustment. I have examined the effects of family variables on the management of juvenile diabetes and explored family functioning in divorced and single-parent families. Taylor 122. 

Karen HuberKaren Huber Professor of History. B.A (History, French) University of Dayton 1998; M.A. (History) Ohio State University 2002; Ph.D. (History) Ohio State University 2007. My professional interests include women's history, French history, modern European history, world history and reproductive history. Tate 13. khuber@wesleyancollege.edu

LibbyBElizabeth Bailey Professor of Art. B.F.A. (Drawing and Painting) University of Georgia 1974; M.F.A., (Drawing and Painting) University of Georgia 1976; Ph.D. (Art History) University of Georgia 1992. My area of specialization in art history is Medieval and Renaissance Art in Europe. My particular interest in studio art is painting. Murphey 105A.  lbailey@wesleyancollege.edu

Jan LewisJan Lewis Associate Professor of Theatre. B.A. Brandeis University (Theatre Arts); M.A. University of California, Berkeley (Dramatic Art); M.F.A. University of California, Los Angeles (Directing); Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (Dramatic Art).  I have spent many years as an actor, director, dramaturg, and director in the professional theatre. My research interests include American theatre, musical theatre, and race, ethnic, and gender studies in theatre and film. Porter Fine Arts 109. jlewis@wesleyancollege.ed