Centennial Honors College Western Illinois University Undergraduate Research Day 2012 Poster Presentation Consciousness Raising: Do Students’ Views Change During the Course of a Women’s Studies Class? Koree Read and Alicia Guzman-Riley Faculty Mentor: Lori Baker-Sperry Women’s Studies Professors of women studies and advisors agree that the majority of students to enroll in Introduction to Women's Studies (WS 190) do so to fulfill general education requirements. This means that students in any particular course represent a wide array of attitudes about the multidisciplinary topics addressed in the class. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to, first, assess the students' views on core feminist issues in multiple sections of Introduction to Women Studies and second, determine if attitudes change through exposure to the course materials. To assess student views, students were asked if they are feminists; if they are ever treated negatively for feminist views; if women are treated equally to men; their views on women’s relative status to men; their beliefs about equal opportunities regardless of race, class, and gender; about their sensitivity to stereotypical name calling towards feminists; and if they have reproductive freedom. We then re-measured seven weeks later in the same Introduction to Women’s Studies (WS 190) courses to determine if students’ attitudes had changed as a result of the course material. Data is presented in the form of recommendations for classroom activities and strategies.