Gender Studies

The Gender Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary course of study that examines gender and sexuality from social, cultural, and biological perspectives. The program is founded on close collaboration between academic departments, enabling students and faculty to utilize the perspectives and methodologies of gender and women's studies across traditional disciplines.

The Gender Studies department is comprised of over 50 professors, who are from other departments. Our professors offer a broad curriculum for students interested in the Gender Studies major.

Our curriculum incorporates the topic of gender into other disciplines, such as the Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences to create an interdisciplinary education.

Students can choose from courses in many departments, including:

  • Asian Studies
  • Art
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Management
  • Modern and Classical Language
  • Peace Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theatre
  • Theology
  • and classes directly related to Gender Studies

A degree in Gender Studies has allowed our alumni to work in many careers, such as an attorney, marketing assistant, lobbyist, and even a licensed marriage and family therapist; the opportunities are endless.

All degrees benefit from the knowledge that is learned from Gender Studies. Gender awareness, advocacy, and equality make you more marketable in your profession.

Department Highlights

  • This major equips students for social change, while giving them the tools to work for social justice.
  • Our faculty prepare students to work with difference. The world we live in requires us to work and live in community with people different from ourselves. Our students are taught how to embrace difference, use it as a benefit, and help others do the same.
  • The Gender Studies department is interculturally focused. Our faculty come from diverse backgrounds, we offer three different study abroad programs, and our courses study gender in different social and cultural contexts.

Fall 2015 Events

"Bentham and Aristotle at the Census Bureau? Happiness Economics and Public Policy" 
October 15 at 8 p.m. SBH Auditorium - Clemen's Lecture
Dr. Carol Graham of the Brookings Institution

"Precarities and Securities: Exploring the Contemporary and Historic Effects of Systemic Violences"
October 23, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Comstock Memorial Union, Minnesota State University Moorhead - MSUM Red River Women's Studies Conference
Wagatwe Sara Wanjuki (Activist, Writer, and Social Media Strategist)

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Shane Miller
Program Director, Gender Studies
SJU Quad 442
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University

(320) 363-3954

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