ERIC Number: ED165599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Student Perceptions of the Need for a Women's Studies Program. Research Report #2-73.
Herman, Michele H.; Sedlacek, William E.
A telephone poll of 91 University of Maryland students was conducted to determine the nature and extent of their interest in women's studies courses. Results indicated that 86 percent felt there was a need for such courses and 57 percent would take such a course. Women (73 percent) were more interested than men (38 percent) in taking such courses, and Arts and Sciences students were most interested (65 percent) and Agriculture students least interested (0 percent). Students were most in favor of a major in women's studies (54 percent in favor) as opposed to having a separate department of women's studies (58 percent opposed), and 59 percent felt that individual departments should offer courses on women. Students were most interested (in descending order) in courses on: Sociology of Women, Psychology of Women, Sex and Politics, Biology of Women, Women in Literature, History of Women, and Women in Education. Women were more interested in the Psychology of Women than the Sociology of Women, while men were the opposite. Results of this survey suggest that steps ought to be taken at the University of Maryland to implement a women's studies curriculum. Students surveyed were overwhelmingly in favor of such an undertaking and there are large numbers of faculty members interested and willing to teach courses in some area relevant to their interests and to women's studies. Statistical data are included. (Author/LBH)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Students, Curriculum Development, Females, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Program Development, Research Projects, School Surveys, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Womens Education, Womens Studies
Counseling Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
Identifiers: University of Maryland College Park