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Academic Programs

Comparative Women's Studies

Since its founding, the Women’s Research and Resource Center has played a major role in establishing a unique interdisciplinary comparative women’s studies major/minor which focuses on women of African descent and analyzes women’s experiences, broadly speaking, from a cross-cultural perspective.

The newest components of the major are a concentration in global women’s health and offerings which focus on film and the moving image. In 1996, a Comparative Women’s Studies program was approved, affording Spelman the distinction of having established the first undergraduate Women’s Studies major at a historically Black college/university.

The major is supervised by three core faculty attached to the Women’s Center: Professors Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., M. Bahati Kuumba, Ph.D., Monica Melton, Ph.D., and Ayoka Chenzira.

An interdisciplinary faculty team constitutes the Women’s Studies Steering Committee, most of whom teach Women’s Studies courses in their respective disciplines or programs.