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Women's and Gender Studies

Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree program in women's and gender studies teaches you to reflect on questions of ethics and justice as you study women, gender, families and communities. 

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Major in Women's and Gender Studies

If you major in women’s and gender studies at SLU, you’ll learn feminist theory and methodologies, and explore the situations of women in different world cultures and in ethnic groups within the United States. You'll examine both modern issues surrounding women's and gender studies and the historical contributions of women in building nations and cultures. And you’ll analyze women's experiences with regard to their bodies, psychology, history, ways of thinking, and styles of communication and leadership.

SLU’s women’s and gender studies program requires 30 credit hours: 15 hours of required coursework and 15 hours of electives. All courses must be listed or cross-listed with women's and gender studies.

Coursework focuses on women and gender across the curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences and includes professional schools such as nursing, law and social work. You'll pay particular attention to the issues of ethnicity, class and sex, as well as how differences between men and women structure our society.

You'll also have the chance to work one-on-one with a faculty member who will provide opportunities for professional development as well as mentor you as you complete a capstone course in women's and gender studies.

Curriculum
  • WGST 1900: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • WGST 3850:  Feminism in Action
  • WGST 4810/3775: Feminist Theory
  • WGST 4010: Cultural Analyses of Gender: Methods and Strategies of Interpretation
  • WGST 4960: Women's and Gender Studies Capstone
Internships and Careers

Students with undergraduate degrees in women’s and gender studies pursue careers in social service agencies, government, corporations and other institutions that serve women.

Graduate education opportunities include further work in women’s and gender studies, sociology and law.

Faculty

Women’s and gender studies faculty are drawn from SLU’s College of Arts and Sciences and include 45 members who teach courses in the humanities and social sciences on gender issues. The women’s and gender studies program provides a focus for faculty and students to work together on issues that are vital to each.

  • Penny Weiss, Ph.D.
  • Gretchen Arnold, Ph.D.
  • Amanda Izzo, Ph.D.
  • Robert Strikwerda, Ph.D.

Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

SLU students can pursue an undergraduate minor in women’s and gender studies that requires 18 credit hours. The minor includes six hours of required coursework — including “WGST 1900: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies” — and 12 hours of electives.


Extra-Curricular Activities

Participate in a Brown Bag Series 

The women’s and gender studies program regularly hosts events that are open to the entire SLU community. These include the Feminist Reading Group, a brown bag lunch series and writing days.