The Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota promotes scholarship that pushes established boundaries while providing a rich and rigorous undergraduate and graduate education that asks students to view the worlds around them with a curious, yet, critical lens.
The department offers an undergraduate major and minor in GWSS, an undergraduate minor in GLBT Studies, a PhD program in Feminist Studies, and a graduate minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies.
Our undergraduate education provides students the tools to understand, negotiate, communicate in, and be leaders in a challenging, diverse, and increasingly more complex world. Our graduate program provides rigorous interdisciplinary training that enables students to conduct scholarly research and analysis both within and outside of academia. Our courses excite students by making clear how research, education, and social change go hand in hand.
The breadth and depth of our research and teaching interests—science, health, and environmental ethics; migration, race, and citizenship; collaboration, community, and feminist politics; race, class, and social inequities; sexuality, gender, and representation; globalization, culture, and power—are at the center of the University of Minnesota's mission. GWSS as a department offers students not just a chance to analyze the world, but to create means for revising and re-visioning society, and to learn how to imagine, envision, and enact social change in theory and praxis.