On Friday, Feb. 22, the Coastal Carolina Board of Trustees 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. These categories range from 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, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is in direct response to a recognized need for gender and racial diversity within the STEM fields.
In a release sent out by University Communication, University officials anticipate that this focus will serve as a recruitment and retention tool for women who choose to major in STEM fields.
According to the release, graduates of the new program will be well suited for leadership careers in management, communications and administration within the STEM industry.
More to come.