Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: December 15, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971966 | Print ISBN: 9781412940504 | Online ISBN: 9781412971966| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Women's studies as a distinct entity within higher education in the United States appeared in 1969–1970 with the establishment of the first program at San Diego State University. The National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), the professional association for the field, identifies more than 900 programs in the United States, which enroll the largest number of students in any interdisciplinary field, and well over 10,000 courses. In addition to a professional association, there are numerous refereed women's studies journals (over 30 in the United States), numerous journal articles, and hundreds of monographs by university presses and trade publications. Women's studies programs have expanded internationally and can be found in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, and the English-speaking Caribbean, as well as India, Indonesia, China, Korea, Japan, and Africa (Uganda and South Africa). Doctoral programs have been established at more than 10 U.S. universities (the first ones at Emory University and ...