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New degree in women’s and gender studies program approved

Coastal Carolina University’s board of trustees recently approved a new degree program, the Bachelor of Arts/Science in Women’s and Gender Studies.

The new program is designed to provide students with critical skills and abilities to understand and evaluate the dynamics of identity categories (such as gender, race, class, sexual orientation, ability, age, and citizenship status). The addition of the degree reflects a fast-growing movement in higher education that addresses limitations in the current workforce that, if remedied, will foster innovation, develop stronger corporate operating practices, and promote a just world in which all individuals can develop to their highest potential.

CCU’s program is unique in offering a Bachelor of Science degree that focuses on women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in direct response to a recognized need for gender and racial diversity within the STEM fields. University officials anticipate that this focus will serve as a recruitment and retention tool for women who choose to major in STEM fields. Graduates of the program will be well suited for leadership careers in management, communications and administration within the STEM industry.


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