The Faculty of Woman and Family concentrates on women studies. The plan here is to apply a sociological approach to women studies along with paying attention to Islamic jurisprudence and law, psychology, history, art, health, and cultural, social, economic issues. In fact, the main focus in this faculty is to provide the students with a true image of the Islamic perspective toward woman and family within the framework of Islamic intellectual and social system. A main goal of the faculty is to provide the graduates with a creative spirit and enable them to apply the original Islamic thoughts to scholarly issues in women studies. The graduates of this faculty can teach as faculty members or visiting professors and conduct research in the field of woman, family, and woman’s rights in Islam.
Currently the faculty admits PhD students in “Women Studies, Specialization in Women’s Rights in Islam”, and MA students in “Women Studies, Specialization in Woman and Family” and “Women Studies, Specialization in Women’s Rights in Islam”. The languages of instruction in the Faculty of Woman and Family are Persian, Arabic, and English. The faculty holds scholarly, recurring meetings on subjects related to women and family. “Student Association of Woman and Family” is one of the most active associations of the faculty and holds various scholarly meetings and lecture series.
The two MA programs “Women Studies, Specialization in Woman and Family” and “Women Studies, Specialization in Women’s Rights in Islam” are offered both on-campus and online. However, the PhD program “Women Studies, Specialization in Women’s Rights in Islam” is offered on-campus only. The students can also choose to enroll in the research-only PhD program.
Regarding the PhD program, the students can choose between research-oriented and combined (research and coursework) methods. Regarding the research-only PhD programs, the students are admitted after their proposals are reviewed and accepted. Then, they work on their thesis under the supervision of their advisers. This stage can be performed on campus or remotely depending on the project and at the discretion of the adviser.
The admission process is different with respect to international applicants and applicants with an Iranian citizenship. All of the applicants with an Iranian citizenship are admitted through an entrance exam. However, international applicants take no entrance exam, and instead, are required to submit their documentations to apply for their field of interest. The MA and PhD applications including the applicants’ CV, level of interest, etc are reviewed by the faculty members of each field. If admitted, the applicant will proceed to registration by submitting the required documentations and start their desired program.
The Faculty of Woman and Family currently has the only “Department of Women Studies”. The Department of Women Studies offers two programs of “Women Studies, Specialization in Woman and Family”, and “Women Studies, Specialization in Women’s Rights in Islam”. The chair of the faculty and the head of the department are Dr. Azam Khoshsorat Moavafagh and Dr. Masomeh Zarei, respectively. .