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Bachelor of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

We all have gender. Women, gender, and sexuality studies at the University St. Thomas analyzes the social forces and assumptions shaping the lives of women, as well as gender and sexual minorities. You will learn about the contributions of people who have not always been recognized, and you will understand how gender influences all of our experiences.

Why Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at St. Thomas?

Our program is interdisciplinary, meaning it pulls knowledge from a variety of fields. You will analyze gender from the perspectives of literature, history, biology and more, and you will also examine what empowers women and people in gender and sexual minorities. You will learn to question privilege and personal identity, ultimately focusing on the dignity of every human being.

Well-Versed with Practical Knowledge and Skills

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Unique Learning Experiences
  • Scholarships
  • Course Requirements

    Throughout your time at St. Thomas, you complete ten courses focusing on a variety of topics including feminist theory, and you will work on your own research guided by a professor. You will also have the opportunity to pursue an internship in an organization that empowers women or works with gender and sexual minorities.

    Four-Year Plan

    We recommend connecting with a faculty member to put together a four-year plan that matches your interests and professional goals.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    • Minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    Unique Learning Experiences

    Several courses provide opportunities to work outside of the classroom with at-risk members of the community. We have worked on a Fighting Fistulas campaign and have helped at a domestic violence shelter in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Scholarships

    The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies scholarship is worth $2,000 and is sponsored by the Luann Dummer Center for Women. To apply, students who have declared a major or minor in women’s studies to submit a project addressing a topic related to gender or sexuality.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    Throughout your time at St. Thomas, you complete ten courses focusing on a variety of topics including feminist theory, and you will work on your own research guided by a professor. You will also have the opportunity to pursue an internship in an organization that empowers women or works with gender and sexual minorities.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    We recommend connecting with a faculty member to put together a four-year plan that matches your interests and professional goals.

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    • Minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    Unique Learning Experiences

    Unique Learning Experiences

    Several courses provide opportunities to work outside of the classroom with at-risk members of the community. We have worked on a Fighting Fistulas campaign and have helped at a domestic violence shelter in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Scholarships

    Scholarships

    The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies scholarship is worth $2,000 and is sponsored by the Luann Dummer Center for Women. To apply, students who have declared a major or minor in women’s studies to submit a project addressing a topic related to gender or sexuality.

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    Career Paths

    We give you the tools and knowledge you need to work in a variety of different careers after graduation.

    • Attorney
    • Social worker
    • Trauma counselor
    • Project manager
    • Communication consultant
    • Political assistant

    Exploring the Big Issues

    We provide opportunities for you to explore contemporary issues affecting the world and society around us every day.

    Agreements

    Our program is part of a larger collaborative with Augsburg University, Hamline University and St. Catherine University.

    Fascinating Courses

    The collaborative for the women, gender, and sexuality studies program offers over 80 courses in a variety of disciplines.

    Cross Discipline

    Several schools and colleges at St. Thomas offer courses in women, gender, and sexuality studies.

    Become a Well-Rounded Professional

    Our faculty represent a wide array of interests, which means they will prepare you for what comes after St. Thomas by nurturing different skills throughout your undergraduate career.
    Faculty research topics like Victorian representations of gender, environmental effects on women’s self-esteem and representations of women and gender minorities in photography.
    No matter how you want to get involved at St. Thomas, you will find something to interest you in our program.
    You have opportunities to participate in internships and workshops on how to speak to employers about your knowledge and skills.

    Pursuing Your Passion

    You have access to a wide array of opportunities ranging from study abroad to faculty mentorship.
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    How Gender Influences Everything

    Women, gender, and sexuality studies students at St. Thomas gain a unique perspective on society through their examination of how social forces shape the lives of women, as well as gender and sexual minorities. They graduate as compassionate citizens, and also as versatile professionals because of their practical skills.