The women, gender and sexuality studies minor provides you with a foundation in the study of gender and sexuality, with a focus on topics related to women and the family worldwide and historically. Learn to think critically and creatively about questions of difference.

You will explore how gender (the social and cultural construction of sexual difference) intersects with other sources of identity and systems of power, such as race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, religion and region. Take courses from faculty in numerous disciplines that investigate these issues in relation to family and community, work, law, politics, art and literature.

The women, gender and sexuality studies minor may accompany many undergraduate majors at the University of South Dakota, including all majors in the College of Arts & Sciences. Our program adheres to and supports USD’s inclusive excellence mission, goals and values. 

Goals of Minor

  • Instill in students a critical understanding of the way gender and other sources of identity intersect with and are shaped by structures of power. 
  • Provide students with survey of methods of addressing these issues from different disciplines.
  • Foster a commitment to bringing these understandings into work, community and everyday life.

Goals of Program

  • Foster engagement between students, faculty, staff and the wider Vermillion community around issues of gender and sexuality.
  • Sponsor and promote scholarly and creative events connected with topics in women, gender and sexuality studies.
  • Serve as a resource for students, faculty and staff to develop research and forms of advocacy and activism.