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Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

What it is

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.

Award Requirements and Course Descriptions & Outlines

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Critique assumptions and practices that create and sustain gender and sex-based injustices as they exist in various global contexts
  2. Formulate a personal commitment to address gender and sex-based inequalities using critical vocabularies from the discipline to solve problems in their communities
  3. Explain how historical, political, social, cultural, and economic systems construct dynamics of power that contribute to inequalities of gender and sexuality
  4. Articulate observations about the world from the critical perspectives that explore gender and sexuality across various intersections of body, place, and space.