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Angie Hunt of HOPE leads WST 4000, “Women, Gender, and Violence". This course fulfills the 40 hour training requirements for work in domestic violence services and sexual assault service in the State of Illinois


What is Women's Studies?

Informed by recent scholarship on gender and sexuality, the Women’s Studies minor is an eighteen-hour interdisciplinary program designed to offer students a rich, diverse understanding of human behavior, culture, and society through the investigation of women’s experiences.

What can you do with a minor in Women's Studies?

Seek out careers that make your community healthier for all people. Women's Studies minors are encouraged to enroll in our internship course (WST 4275). Internship students will complete a required number of hours of field work and create a resume that reflects the skills and abilities learned and/or honed during that field work.

Women's Studies minors are specifically qualified to work in...

Social service agencies in the United States (one website reported more than 2000) that are related to women, such as crisis intervention services, counseling centers, health clinics, and other nonprofit organizations.

Critical thinking skills developed in Women's Studies prepare students for graduate work in fields, such as...

Law, social work, business, film, management, humanities, social sciences, education, counseling, women's studies, public administration as well as other traditional disciplines.

Employers need individuals with a background in Women's Studies, for instance...

Due to the international focus of businesses today, corporations need people skilled in handling people with diverse backgrounds, issues of discrimination, and the problem of sexual harassment in the workforce. Likewise, careers in fields such as law or education need people who understand the special needs of women, minorities, and people with different cultural backgrounds.



The Women’s Empowerment League (WEL) is a student organization that fosters student development, raises awareness, provides knowledge, and promotes activism in regards to gender related issues through organized discussions and events. One of the goals of this organization is to facilitate a more diverse campus.
The WEL is dedicated to bringing about positive changes on campus and in the larger community WEL members call home. Their "I Am Listening" campaign has made the issue of sexual assault a top priority for their university’s student body and administration (read DEN article). Their work in the community with groups, such as HOPE, SACIS, and Girls on the Run has benefited survivors of domestic and sexual assault while providing support and inspiration to future generations of young women. The Women’s Empowerment is dedicated to making a difference.
If you would like to make a difference, the Women’s Empowerment League meets every Sunday at 5PM in the Women’s Resource Center.

I Am Listening

A call to action from the EIU community for the University to stand in support with survivors of sexual assault.




WHAMEach year the Women's Studies Program at Eastern Illinois University hosts one of the biggest annual events on campus, Women's History and Awareness Month (WHAM). The theme for WHAM 2016 is “Gender and Politics,” and the month of March is teeming with WHAM events: Living History Project, Concert of Women's Music, Feminist Film Festival, our annual Awards Ceremony, and Dr. Karrin Vasby Anderson’s keynote address: “Hillary Clinton from 'Bitch' to 'Badass' and Beyond: Women, Feminism, and Pop Politics.



Living History


The Living History Project is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and is currently in its twenty-fifth year. Each year the Living History Program recruits students to portray women in history at local elementary schools during Women's History and Awareness Month in March. Students are asked to research a woman of their choice, develop a 10-minute monologue, and help devise a costume. They may earn one credit hour if they choose but many students participate just for the experience.


Living History Participants

From left to right: Rebecca Little Wolf Franz (Sacagawea), Dominique Jones (Coretta Scott King), Ashley Renee Byrd (Hattie McDaniel), Abby Petroskey (Lucille Ball), Amy Wywialowski (Louisa May Alcott), and Samantha Sauer (Katharine Hepburn).

For more information, contact the coordinators of the Living History Program:
Sace Elder, seelder@eiu.edu
Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, blaughlinschul@eiu.edu
Mildred Pearson, mmpearson@eiu.edu or 581-7051