Women’s Studies at Hofstra University provides interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives on gender roles and examines the social, political, economic, intellectual and cultural contributions of women past and present. A focus on women and gender is relevant in many academic fields, while knowledge of how gender shapes home, work, and public life is relevant to many professions (education, the health professions, law, social services, and media and communications, to name a few).
Women's Studies also seeks to foster the respect for people of diverse physical abilities, races and ethnicities, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, and gender identifications that is necessary to live and work in a multicultural environment.
Courses are taught by full-time faculty in the arts, humanities, and social sciences who have expertise in women’s and gender issues. Hofstra offers a major and a minor in women’s studies, both of which are composed of women’s studies courses and courses offered by departments across the disciplines. Students who major in women's studies can elect a double major in another academic discipline and take advantage of an internship component that provides students with practical experience that will benefit them as they seek job placement.