Academic Programs



Living & Learning Together

The Office of Academic Programs cultivates distinctive and innovative academics through a holistic approach to empowering women. With a global framework, customized academic courses and intellectual engagement are supported by co-curricular events, experiential learning, and mentorship programs.

Academic programs within Douglass Residential College range from individual courses (for academic credit) to co-curricular programs that enhance class-based learning. Our mission course, “Issues in Women’s Leadership” (01:988:130), is a 3-credit course taken by all Douglass students and open to non-Douglass students at Rutgers.


Douglass Course (our mission course):

In this required three-credit course, students will learn key terms and concepts for discussing gender and sexuality, claim their education by declaring their personal standpoint, and consider the many ways gender informs their lives. Unique to the Douglass Course, students will hear advice from accomplished leaders based on their personal and professional lives during the Douglass Course plenaries throughout each semester. DRC Staff Mentors and participants in the Barbara Voorhees Mentor Program will offer support and provide a connection to Douglass throughout students’ academic careers. In this class, students will also learn about the many opportunities Douglass Residential College offers for personal, intellectual, and professional development. Many thanks to the donors to Douglass Residential College, The Douglass Fund, and Associate Alumnae of Douglass College for their contributions that have made this program possible.


Global Village House Courses:

The Global Village is a Living-Learning Community that seeks to develop language skills, intercultural appreciation, global awareness, and a sense of community among participating students. This unique environment combines residential life and activities, in and outside of the classroom, to foster community and synergy among the students, instructors, courses, houses, beyond. Student engagement is an essential part of the Global Village experience. The Global Village is a supportive, enriching, and dynamic living-learning environment that fosters creative and innovative approaches to traditional and emerging fields of education and research.  With an overarching theme of women and globalization, the Global Village empowers Douglass students to become leaders in their own right in the classroom, in the community, and beyond.


Douglass Honors College Community:

The Douglass Honors College Community supports the nearly 200 Honors College participants through events designed to develop students’ interests in social justice and community leadership. There are also special events to connect students to existing opportunities at Douglass in order to facilitate participation on the Douglass campus in their sophomore year and beyond. A few events include an annual welcome dinner with faculty, administrators, and staff from Douglass and the Honors College, cultural activities, opportunities for leadership and activism, networking and career development events, as well as movie nights and public lectures.


Introduction to Scientific Research:

Project SUPER (Science for Undergraduates: A Program for Excellence in Research) is a STEM-focused enrichment program that offers undergraduate women the opportunity to actively participate in academic research. Students in Project SUPER have access to peer mentors who plan monthly STEM-related workshops, an introduction to scientific research course, a research stipend for summer research, special STEM travel grants, and exceptional academic support.


Barbara Voorhees Mentoring Course:

This course prepares students to be mentors and leaders to others who are enrolled in the College’s flagship Douglass Course. A pre-requisite for the Barbara Voorhees Mentoring Course is successful completion of the Douglass Course. While taking the Barbara Voorhees Mentoring Course, students simultaneously work closely with a Douglass Course instructor to mentor students in that course. Thus, the Barbara Voorhees Mentoring Course examines the relationship between feminist pedagogical theory and feminist practice in the college classroom. The course begins with a brief overview of feminist epistemology starting from the premise that feminist epistemology informs feminist pedagogy. The course encourages students to critique how we know what we know in order to be able to formulate practices that subvert masculinist paradigms. Through readings and practical applications of mentoring theory, students explore the meaning of women’s leadership, knowledge, and power through the mentor experience. In addition to our examination of feminist theory and practice, the course also examines the role gender plays in our understanding of knowledge and power at a women’s college as a means to challenge the orthodoxies surrounding conceptions of leadership.


Computer Science:

Great Ideas and Applications in Computer Science Living-Learning Community covers some ways that computer science (CS) can contribute to solutions to some of the most pressing social issues facing the world today. The course includes high-level discussion of extensive examples demonstrating how CS can have a positive impact on a wide variety of applications, journalism and politics, commercial applications, and more. The course uses few more detailed examples to highlight how underlying computational ideas such as abstraction, algorithms, and large-scale data processing play a role in these applications, as well as how programming is the enabler that turns these ideas into working systems. Finally, the course includes a brief presentation on a CS-related project or topic of the student’s choice, which can be a new project or something done in another course or as an extracurricular activity.


Engineering Explorations:

If you’re intrigued by the problem-solving skill of engineers, this program will help you see if this career is for you. The Reilly Douglass Engineering Living-Learning Community (Reilly DELLC) Introduction to Engineering is an LLC course that meets to explore Engineering and the many majors and careers in Engineering through hands-on projects.  The course introduces the community to other women in Reilly DELLC, SOE women faculty and supporters.