Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
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.
Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.
- Critique assumptions and practices that create and sustain gender and sex-based injustices as they exist in various global contexts
- Formulate a personal commitment to address gender and sex-based inequalities using critical vocabularies from the discipline to solve problems in their communities
- Explain how historical, political, social, cultural, and economic systems construct dynamics of power that contribute to inequalities of gender and sexuality
- Articulate observations about the world from the critical perspectives that explore gender and sexuality across various intersections of body, place, and space
- You will study gender in its relationships with race, class, ethnicity and sexuality.
- You will listen to unique voices in a diverse city.
- You will learn to challenge stereotypes and consider the universal identities women may share.
- Coursework will be feminist in context and philosophy, as courses are designed to value and affirm cultural diversity, widen women’s access to the institutions in a democratic society and empower women to become leaders in building strong communities.
- You will learn to use research to obtain the information you need- whether related to politics or the arts.
- The Women’s Studies program will expose you to one class in each of the liberal arts and fulfill elective requirements in several degree programs.
During the program, you will have the chance to participate with faculty and other students in the International Women’s Day Conference at the University of Minnesota.
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies students have conducted research on a variety of gender topics, including a comparison of breast cancer rates for women in different countries and environments.
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies students are actively engaged in the community and the world at large. They take part in many service-learning projects throughout the year, and many participate in the groups Sisters for Social Justice and Brothers for Social Justice. Two eco-feminism projects recently initiated by students include a recycling program in Kenya and a community garden in the Twin Cities.
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
- Human rights advocate
- Legislative aide
- Rape crisis program director
- Union organizer
- Victims' advocate
- Administrative Officer/Govt.
- Advocate for Social Groups
- Educational Developer
- Grant Writer
- Market Researcher
- Museum Exhibit Developer
- Public Relations
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.