Women and Gender Studies
What is "Women and Gender Studies"?
Women and Gender Studies (WGS) at the University of North Dakota is an exciting interdisciplinary and practical program that includes cross-listed courses from the traditional disciplines, an introductory course in gender studies, a course in women studies, an advanced theory course, and a senior study that can involve practicum experience.
At the core, our classes examine the complex interaction of gender with other features of human difference, particularly those that result in social inequality, such as race, class, religion, ethnicity, age, ability, sex, and nationality. Topics of study include: the politics of sexuality, gender and pop culture, women's achievements and their contributions to history and the contemporary world; the performance of femininity and masculinity; power dynamics and the effects on the body; sexual minorities and LGBTIQ identity and experience; and the influence of gender in the shaping of personal identity, the family, public institutions, and human symbol systems, generally. In the Women and Gender Studies program at UND, we advocate a pluralism of interests, perspectives, theories, and approaches that enable creative synergy on and off campus, creating empowered and responsible future leaders.
What can I do with a degree in Women and Gender Studies?
Students who earn a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies (WGS) can enter into a plurality of fields and professions. Employers value the skill sets and abilities acquired by graduates in Women and Gender Studies, like critical thinking and analysis, written and archival research, oral communication and presentation, and the development of insights and knowledge about social inequalities, both historic and present.
Common Paths for WGS Graduates?
- Human/social service agencies and social work
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
- Human rights and victim advocacy
- International policy-making
- Graduate school and academia/college professor
- Counseling and psychology
- Law, including sexual/civil rights law
- Legislative advisory
- Feminist entrepreneurship/business
- Community leaders and organization directors (ex: at women's shelters and rape crisis centers)
- Public health, including advocacy for women's health
- Filmmaking/Journalism/Digital media production
In addition, students who take Women and Gender Studies courses develop an understanding and appreciation of marginalized perspectives and experiences, garnered from theoretical and practical engagements, that inform and can potentially transform whatever field they choose to enter.