College of Arts & Sciences Women and Gender Studies

Women and Gender Studies

About the Program

The Women and Gender Studies program is an 18-hour interdisciplinary minor. It focuses on issues specific to women, and acquaints students with the subject of gender, hereby defined widely as the performance of masculinity and femininity in a variety of roles and settings, such as family life, work environments, and intellectual and artistic aspirations.

This minor is by no means reserved for female students. Male students are encouraged to explore this program of study for two main reasons:

  1. Many issues traditionally defined as specific to women (such as childcare, workforce participation, etc.) have and will continue to have a significant effect on the lives of most men in the 21st century.
  2. Awareness of gender as a learned behavior and/or performance may help understand and break away from some of the rigid expectations of masculinity in contemporary American society, leading to a greater freedom and enjoyment of one's professional and personal life.  

The minor may accompany any major in the College of Arts & Sciences, and would be particularly useful to students whose career goals demand critical thought and skills in interpersonal relations – hospital or school administration, business, consulting, counseling, education, human resources, journalism, law, medicine, psychology, religion, social work, and sociology. 

The Women and Gender Studies minor can be earned as part of a B.A. or B.S. degree. The only required course is WMST 247: Women and Gender Studies Introduction.  

The rest of the credits can be earned from a List of Electives, which cover many fascinating topics.

ContactUs  Women and Gender Studies Program Coordinator
Miglena Sternadori, Associate Professor
(605) 677-6473

The program is available to sponsor and co-sponsor programs, events and research in academic, cultural and political areas of particular significance to women, gender and sexuality.