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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Gender & Women's Studies

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Department Gender & Women's Studies
College Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Undergraduate Degree Type(s) BA, BS
Program Description The Department of Gender & Women's Studies exposes students to interdisciplinary feminist perspectives through coursework, internships, research, and activism. Students learn to examine the historical, social, psychological, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of gender, while gaining a more complex understanding of the construction of gender and its intersection with other categories of difference, power, and inequality. By understanding how intersecting systems of oppression function locally and internationally, students will be better situated to apply their critical thinking skills as they work toward social justice in a global society. The department supports a variety of opportunities for personal and professional development, including a student club and honor society, community and teaching internships, workshops and conferences, and cultural events. Students are encouraged to take leadership roles in the development of special programs and to become actively involved with community and campus-based activist groups, applying feminist theory to the practice of empowering women and creating social change.
Admission Requirements Admission to major is granted by the department. Please see Cindy Veldhuisen in 109 Morris Hall for details.
Minimum university admission requirements must be fulfilled. These include:
  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C)
Other Requirements Students must complete 33 semester hours, including the core courses Gender & Women's Studies 110, 220, 310, 330, and 340. GWS 497 or 498 is required of BS students only. The remaining 9 credits (BS) or 13 credits (BA) may be selected from a long list of pre-approved electives within Gender & Women's Studies and outside the department.
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information Gender & Women's Studies Department
109 Morris Hall
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-2077
College Advising College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Advising
Melissa Iverson, Student Relations Coordinator
114 Armstrong Hall

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