This file was prepared for electronic distribution by the inforM staff. Questions should be directed to email@example.com. National Women's Studies Association A Report to the Profession LIBERAL LEARNING AND THE WOMEN'S STUDIES MAJOR Completed in conjunction with the Association of American Colleges National Review of Arts and Sciences Majors PREFACE This report was completed in cooperation with a national review of arts and sciences majors initiated by the Association of American Colleges as part of its continuing commitment to advance and strengthen undergraduate liberal learning. The National Women's Studies Association was one of twelve learned societies contributing to this review. Each participating learned society convened a task force charged to address a common set of questions about purposes and practices in liberal arts majors; individual task forces further explored issues important in their particular fields. Members of NWSA's Task Force on the Women's Studies Major were: Johnnella E. Butler, University of Washington Sandra Coyner, Kansas State University Margaret Homans, Yale University Marlene Longenecker, The Ohio State University Caryn McTighe Musil, NWSA Executive Director Early drafts of the report were discussed at the NWSA National Conference in June, 1989, at Towson, Maryland; at NWSA's National Conference for Women's Studies Program Directors in October, 1989, in Washington, D.C.; at the NWSA National Conference in June, 1990, in Akron, Ohio; and widely circulated to faculty members, administrators, and students throughout 1989-1990. The authors are grateful for the many helpful suggestions made during the long but stimulating process of producing this report. We would also like to acknowledge the research and clerical support given by the National Women's Studies Association staff, especially Melinda Berriman, NWSA's Office Manager, whose careful eye and unending patience through many drafts were invaluable. The Association of American Colleges has published a single volume edition of all twelve learned society reports with a companion volume containing a separate report on "Liberal Learning and Arts and Sciences Majors." Inquiries about these two publications may be sent to Reports on the Arts and Sciences Major, Box R, Association of American Colleges, 1818 R Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009. NWSA has published a longer version of the AAC text on the women's studies major in an individual 24 page booklet available free from NWSA. To assist in program development and design, former NWSA Executive Director Caryn McTighe Musil also produced a third version that runs 250 pages and includes the longer text of the report along with extensive appendixes with models of the major, sample syllabi, guides for cross-listing courses, internship models, and bibliographies. To order either the free 24-page booklet or the $10.00 (pre-paid) 250-page edition, send inquiries to the National Women's Studies Association, 7100 Baltimore Boulevard, Suite 301, College Park, Maryland 20740. (301) 403-0424 or (301) 403-0525. Generous funding for the project and dissemination of the reports was provided by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the Ford Foundation.