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Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives

Gender & Women's Studies and Queer Studies Undergraduate Learning Outcomes and Objectives

These learning outcomes reflect our curricular investments across the undergraduate programs. Students in the GWST major will be expected to have broader knowledge across these areas. Minor students in GWST and Queer Studies should gain understanding and skills in all of the numbered outcomes with varied / individualized exposure to bulleted objectives.

Learning Outcomes. Students will:

  1. Engage in intersectional, interdisciplinary feminist analysis.


  • Demonstrate knowledge of the field
  • Understand interrelatedness of gender, race, ethnicity, class, disability, sexuality, age, religion, and other social categories
  • Apply theoretical frameworks of feminism, gender and women’s studies, queer studies, sexuality studies
  • Apply methods and methodologies  
  1. Analyze socio-historical and contemporary power dynamics underpinning group relations, social institutions, and systems of representation.


  • Gain knowledge of multiple forms of oppression and marginalization 
  • Understand historical and contemporary context in which women, queer, and gender non-conforming individuals have exercised their agency 
  • Analyze systemic and institutional strategies of exclusion and inclusion 
  1. Situate their analyses within various place-based contexts, including the rural, local, community, transnational, and global. 


  • Link rural justice issues to broader social movements 
  • Understand intersectional environmentalism and ecofeminism 
  • Apply decolonial, First Nation, and indigenous perspectives 
  • Connect crip, queer, critical race and ethnic studies approaches to place, environments, and the land 
  1. Understand and articulate the history, strategies, and goals of interconnected movements for social justice. 


  • Gain historical understanding of social movements and social justice 
  • Articulate interrelated and intersectional nature of feminist, LGBTQ+, racial, disability, environmental, immigration, labor, and economic justice movements
  • Translate feminist and social justice theories into service or activism 
  1. Demonstrate mastery of critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in diverse, 21st century work forces and communities. 


  • Be prepared to assume leadership roles in diverse workplaces and communities 
  • Practice critical thinking through research, writing, and application of theory in interdisciplinary contexts
  • Demonstrate information and digital literacy
  • Engage in fieldwork, internship, community, non-profit or advocacy work

Graduate Minor Curriculum

The Gender and Women's Studies Program has identified a set of learning outcomes for its graduate minor curriculum.  Among an array of potentially valuable outcomes, the following four represent especially important areas of expertise for each student who graduates from the grad minor program.

Learning Outcome 1:  Students should demonstrate the ability to conduct interdisciplinary feminist analysis. 

Learning Outcome 2:  Students should demonstrate the ability to critique ideological assumptions underlying social institutions and systems of representation, including but not limited to assumptions regarding gender, race, class, nationality, disability, age and sexual orientation.

Learning Outcome 3:  Students should demonstrate an understanding of women's historical and contemporary agency and how these have shaped women's lives in various geographic settings.

Learning Outcome 4:  Students should demonstrate the ability to design and conduct independent feminist analysis research, or creative work.

Rubrics used for assessment:

List of some useful WMST Terms/key concepts  

  • Androcentrism  
  • Subjectivity  
  • Discourse  
  • Epistemology  
  • Post-feminism  
  • Post-colonial feminism  
  • The symbolic order  
  • Intersectionality  
  • the "second shift"  
  • the "mind/body split"  
  • Phallocentrism  
  • Heterosexism  
  • Be able to name an idea, a theorist and dates associated with the following terms:           First wave feminism           Second wave feminism           Third wave feminism  
  • Describe the difference between causation and correlation  
  • Describe the difference between quantitative and qualitative research  
  • Describe the differences between constructionist and essentialist ideas about women.
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