Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WMST)

College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Program
O’Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) 205B, (651) 962-5159
Ehrmantraut (MCL), director

Women, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesDepartment Web Site

The Twin Cities Women’s and Gender Studies Collaborative offers a cooperative major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (or, at St. Thomas, Women’s Studies). Women, Gender, and Sexuality 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, Gender, and Sexuality 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 the lives of women and men, as well as the lives of gender and sexual minorities, 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 in a variety of professions, for example, in organizations focusing on women, in human relations departments of corporations, and in health or legal professions.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality 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.

Students are encouraged to speak with the program director early in their academic careers for assistance in choosing courses or arranging schedules that will most effectively serve the student’s interests.

Major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality 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 (8) elective credits
  • Twelve (12) upper-level elective credits
  • Four (4) credits in global/racial/ethnic elective

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

Minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies  

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

Approved Women’s Studies electives within the following categories:

  • Eight (8) credits in Humanities
  • Eight (8) 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.

Courses available for this program

Because the women’s studies program at the University of St. Thomas is part of a consortium with three other area schools (Augsburg College, Hamline University, and the University of St. Catherine), appropriate courses may be taken at any of these institutions without the exchange course limitation. There is, however, potential for duplication of courses between schools, so students are urged to speak with the program director with any questions. Courses offered within the consortium are publicized by the program director, who can guide students in choosing eligible courses. Listed below are UST courses only. 

The following courses may also have an attribute attached that is searchable in the class finder and Murphy.  WSMJ = Major approved, WSMN = Minor approved. 

Humanities Courses
  • ARTH 260 Women in Ancient Art and Culture
  • CLAS 245 Classical Mythology [also offered as ENGL 203]
  • COMM 328 Communication of Race, Class, and Gender [Certain sections only]
  • ENGL 203   Classical Mythology [also offered as CLAS 245] 
  • ENGL 218 Literature by Women: Critical History
  • ENGL 337 Latina Women Writers 
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions
  • HIST 112 The History of the Modern World since 1550 [Certain sections only]
  • HIST 211 Women and Family in the Americas
  • ITAL 489 Women and Nature: A Relationship to Recast 
  • THEO 428 Women and the Old Testament
  • THEO 429 Women and the Christian Tradition
  • THEO 431 Women in the Early Church
  • SOWK 291: The Anatomy of Violence
Social Science and Natural Science
  • BIOL 106 Women, Medicine, and Biology
  • BLAW 352 Gender Issues and the Law (J-Term)
  • POLS 302 Women and Politics
  • PSYC 205 Psychology of Women
  • PSYC 298 Topics: Neuroscience and Gender 
  • SOCI 304 Adolescence in Society
  • SOCI 321 Marriages and Families
  • SOCI 354 Sex in Society
  • SOWK 391 Social Policy for Social Change 
Multicultural or Ethnic Studies
  • ARTH 284 Arts of the African Diaspora
  • COMM 370 Intercultural Communication
  • HIST 117 Latin America in Global Perspective 
  • HIST 216 African-American History
  • MUSC 216 Jazz in America
  • SOCI 251 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOCI 301 General Anthropology
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  327 Feminist Theory 4
WMST  389 Research 2 OR 4
WMST  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
WMST  476 Experiential Learning 1 TO 4
WMST  480 Women's Studies Seminar 4
WMST  487 Topics 2
WMST  488 Topics 2
WMST  489 Topics 4
WMST  490 Topics 4
WMST  491 Individual Study 2 OR 4
WMST  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4