About Us


  • The Gender and Women’s 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.
  • It is based on a plurality of theoretical approaches and emphasizes the intersections between gender, sexuality, race, class, and ethnicity.

The program supports the Coordinate Mission of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University by promoting an integrated liberal arts education, leading students to a better understanding of the complexities and diversity of the human condition, and fostering the personal growth of women and men.

Learning Goals

 1.  Students in Gender and Women's Studies will be able to apply multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to:

  • Contribute to an inter- or multi-disciplinary consideration of gender and/or sexuality over time and across cultures;
  • Investigate how conceptions of gender intersect with factors such as race, class, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and/or nationality;
  • Demonstrate how social, political, legal, and/or economic power is distributed unequally and experienced differently on the basis of gender;
  • Analyze controversial gender-related issues.          

2.  Students in Gender and Women's Studies will be able to relate knowledge acquired in their GWST coursework to a broader spectrum by:

  • Articulating how it relates to the world around them and to their own life experiences,
  • Participating in an experiential learning project designed in consultation with the GWST faculty.