College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Program
John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (JRC) 123, (651) 962-5321
Myers (THEO), director

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/womensstudies/

The Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) offer a cooperative major in women’s studies. Women’s studies is an interdisciplinary program which takes gender as its critical term of inquiry, exploring it as a social construct and analyzing its impact on traditional disciplines. As an interdisciplinary major and minor, women’s studies spans the curriculum, incorporating many disciplines in a diverse and stimulating package of courses. Courses consider historical and contemporary contexts from multicultural and multiracial perspectives, and focus on the intersections of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, and culture.

Students in the program learn how to analyze social forces and assumptions that have shaped women’s lives on individual, national, and global levels. This flexible program of study combines theoretical, practical and research components and provides preparation for both advanced study and professional work, for example, in organizations focusing on women, in human relations departments of corporations, and in health or legal professions.

Women’s studies majors and minors are encouraged to study abroad. Specific courses taken abroad may substitute for St. Thomas requirements. See the director of women’s studies, a study abroad advisor in the International Education Center, or Academic Information & Programs in the front section of this catalog for program options.

Major in Women’s Studies

  • WMST 205 Foundations in Women’s Studies (4 credits)
  • WMST 327 Feminist Theory (4 credits)
  • Internship Course (designated as Individual Study)
  • WMST 480 Women’s Studies Seminar (4 credits) or a Directed Research Project may be substituted with approval of campus director


  • Approved Women’s Studies electives within the following categories:
    • Eight elective credits
    • Twelve upper-level elective credits
    • Four credits in global/racial/ethnic elective

Note: The elective credits must be either 8 credits within the Humanities and 12 credits within Social /Natural Sciences, or 12 credits within Humanities and 8 credits within Social/Natural Sciences.  

Minor in Women’s Studies

  • WMST 205 Foundations in Women’s Studies (4 credits) 


  • Approved Women’s Studies electives within the following categories:
    • Eight credits in Humanities
    • Eight credits in Social Sciences/Natural Sciences


  • WMST 480 Women’s Studies Seminar (4 credits) or a Directed Research Project may be substituted with approval of campus director

Note: The seminar can count as one of the Humanities or Social/Natural science courses.

Transfer students:

Students who transfer to St. Thomas and wish to complete a major or minor in Women’s Studies are urged to consult with the director of Women’s Studies immediately upon transfer.

The Women’s Studies Program has an articulation agreement with Century College that governs Century College students with a Women’s Studies certificate who transfer to St. Thomas. Transfers from other colleges and universities must consult with the director of Women’s Studies for approval of course for the major or minor.

Course Number Title Credits
WMST  205 Found in Women's Studies 4
WMST  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
WMST  269 Research 2 OR 4
WMST  297 Topics 4
WMST  389 Research 2 OR 4
WMST  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
WMST  480 Women's Studies Seminar 4

Courses available for this program

Letter following the course number indicates the institution offering the course:

A Augsburg College
C College of St. Catherine
H Hamline University
T University of St. Thomas

Note: Courses having a potential for duplication of material are marked with an asterisk (*). Students should consult with the director of the program to avoid duplicating courses. Credit will not be given toward the major for two courses that overlap substantially in content. Students cannot satisfy more than one distribution requirement within the program with any given course. 

Topics courses in any of these categories may be selected with the approval of the program director.

Humanities Courses

  • ART 352A* Women and Art
  • ENG 282A* Women and Fiction
  • REL 441A* Feminism and Christianity
  • SPC 414A* Feminist Rhetoric
  • ENG 290A* Women and Literature
  • HIS 356C* Women in America
  • PHIL 320C* Business Ethics
  • PHIL 390C* Feminist Philosophy
  • SPCM 207C* Gender and Rhetoric
  • SPCM 211C* Leadership Communication
  • THTR 299C Women and Film
  • THEO 338C* Women and the Bible
  • THEO 385C* Sexuality and Spirituality
  • THEO 390C* Women Mystics
  • ENG 3570H* Women and Literature
  • PHI 1200H* Introduction to Feminist Theory
  • REL 3250H* Women and Religion
  • ARTH 260T* Women in Ancient Art and Culture
  • ARTH 297T Women in the Ancient World
  • CLAS 245T* Classical Mythology
  • CLAS 397T* Topics: Gender
  • COJO 328T* Communication of Race, Class, and Gender
  • ENGL 218T* Literature by Women: Critical History
  • ENGL 341T* Literature by Women: Critical Questions
  • HIST 268T Women in the United States
  • MUSC 297T “Women’s Work” in Music
  • THEO 428T Women and the Old Testament
  • THEO 429T* Women and the Christian Tradition
  • THEO 431T Women in the Early Church

Social Science and Natural Science

  • INS 233A Women: A Cross Cultural Perspective
  • INS 265A* Women in American Culture
  • PSYC 371A* Psychology of Gender
  • BIO 112C* Biology of Women
  • IDSC 291C* Anatomy of Violence
  • PSY 315C* Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
  • SOWK 270C* Emerging Workstyles for Women
  • SOC 321C* Sociology of Marriage and the Family
  • SOC 345C* Sociology of Women in Society
  • ANT 1530H Human Evolution
  • BIO 1510H* Human Biology, A Feminine Perspective
  • EDUC 3750H Herstory of Education
  • POL 3430H Gender Politics
  • SOC 3330H Sex Roles
  • SOC 3370H* Marriage and the Family
  • BIOL 106T* Women, Medicine, and Biology
  • BLAW 352T Gender Issues and the Law
  • POLS 302T* Women and Politics
  • PSYC 205T* Psychology of Women
  • SOCI 304T Adolescence in Society
  • SOCI 321T* Marriages and Families
  • SOCI 353T* Global Perspectives on Gender
  • SOCI 354T Sex in Society

Multicultural or Ethnic Studies

  • INS 231A Religion in African-American History
  • INS 232A Blacks in America: An Introduction to African-American Studies
  • INS 233A Women: A Cross Cultural Perspective
  • INS 260A* Contemporary American Indians
  • INS 320A American Indian Women
  • SOC 325C* Cultural Anthropology
  • SPCM 210C* Intercultural Communication
  • ANT 3330H* North American Indians
  • SOC 3350H* Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • ARTH 285T Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • ARTH 289T Asian Art
  • COJO 370T* Intercultural Communication
  • HIST 116T African American History in Global Perspective
  • MUSC 216T Jazz in America
  • SOCI 251T* Race and Ethnicity
  • SOCI 301T* Cultural Anthropology