Pitt-Bradford has launched a new interdisciplinary minor in women’s
The minor, which will explore the
work of women in politics, society and culture, combines coursework from the
fields of literature, women’s studies, anthropology, nursing (women’s health),
philosophy, psychology and sociology.
Each student is required to take Introduction
to Women’s Studies, which is being taught by Dr. Jessie Blackburn, assistant
professor of English and coordinator for the new minor.
Students in the minor will also
complete a three-credit internship in an area that complements their major. For
example, a nursing major minoring in women’s studies could take an internship
with a women’s health or nutrition program; a criminal justice major could work
with a victim’s rights or domestic violence agency.
Blackburn said that many people
think that since women have the right to vote in America, there is nothing left
to study in the field of feminism. There are still plenty of areas to explore,
she said, citing unequal pay, human trafficking, the role of women’s health issues
in public policy and even the inequalities in how women and men are treated in
Assisting Blackburn in outlining the
curriculum was a panel of faculty from across disciplines on the campus. She
has enlisted staff, students and members of the community to join a larger
steering committee to keep the offerings in the minor relevant.
The minor should be compatible with
all majors, but Blackburn anticipates it will be particularly popular with
students studying communications, criminal justice, English, history-political
science, human relations, interdisciplinary arts, public relations and
For more information, contact
Blackburn at firstname.lastname@example.org