Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Program Description

Minneapolis College’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program offers classes that explore the relationships between power, knowledge, and social justice. More specifically, WGSS examines the construction of heteronormative gender and sexuality as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities; the relationship between ideas about gender and concepts inherent to other social, political, and cultural structures; and the implications of feminist and sexuality studies.

The program explores the significance of gender and sexuality across a range of human experiences, paying particular attention to women and LGBTQIA+ populations. While gender and sexuality are fundamental to our field, WGSS also recognizes that our lives and identities as gendered being are intersected by other differences (such as race, class, dis/ability, nationality, etc.) that inform who we are and how we relate to the world. As such, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive understanding of human experience that recognizes those differences.


  • This program was the forerunner for similar programs in the state.
  • Many classes are attended by multiple generations of families: grandmothers, mothers and daughters.
  • You will gain a sense of personal empowerment that opens educational doors and gives you career confidence.
  • The Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies faculty members are dynamic and experienced instructors from diverse backgrounds.
  • Minneapolis College’s diverse student body gives you a valuable, first-hand exposure to Women, Gender and Sexuality issues in non-first world countries.
  • You will take part in many important and rewarding community and service learning opportunities.

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

A background in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies provides a steppingstone to a variety of career paths. You may choose to continue your studies at a 4-year institution, or pursue work at educational institutions, non-profits and more.

Potential Job Titles

  • Archivist
  • Human rights advocate
  • Journalist
  • Legislative aide
  • Rape crisis program director
  • Union organizer
  • Victims' advocate
  • Administrative Officer/Govt.
  • Advocate for Social Groups
  • Consultant
  • Editor
  • Educational Developer
  • Grant Writer
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Researcher
  • Museum Exhibit Developer
  • Manager/Administrator
  • Politician
  • Professor/Teacher
  • Public Relations
  • Researcher

Where You Could Work

  • Environment and health resource centers such as Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Melpomene and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade.
  • Social service centers such as Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter and the Sexual Violence Center.
  • Advocacy groups such as Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.
  • Cultural resource organizations such as Black, Indian, Hispanic and Asian Women in Action; the Indian Women’s Resource Center.