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Gender and Women's Studies

Catherine Connollly, Director
100 Ross Hall
Phone: (307) 766-2733, FAX: (307) 766-2555


CATHERINE CONNOLLY, B.S. State University College at Buffalo 1984; M.A. State University of New York at Buffalo 1989; J.D. 1991; Ph.D. 1992; Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies 2004, 1998, 1992.
COLLEEN DENNEY, B.A. Louisiana State University 1981; M.A. 1983; Ph.D. University of Minnesota 1990; Professor of Art 2005, 1990; Professor of Gender and Women's Studies 2009.

Associate Professors

BONNIE ZARE, B.A. Stanford University 1988; M.A. University of Wisconsin 1989; Ph.D. Tufts University 1994; Assistant Lecturer in English 1997; Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies 2006, 2002.

Assistant Professors

SUSAN DEWEY, B.A. Stony Book University 1999; M.A. Syracuse University 2002; Ph.D. 2004; Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies 2010.

Academic Professionals

BARBARA ELLEN LOGAN, B.A. Queens College CUNY 1986; Ph.D. University of California Santa Cruz 2002; Assistant Academic Professional Lecturer 2011.

Academic Lecturers

Alison Harkin, B.A. University of Toronto 1981; M.A. Athabasca University 2010. Academic Lecturer of Gender and Women's Studies 2011.

Professor Emeriti

Susan McKay (Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Gender and Women's Studies)

Adjunct Faculty

(see department section following name for academic credentials)

Ulrich Adelt,
Stephanie Anderson,
Judith A. Antell,
Cecelia Aragon,
Susan C. Frye,
Teena Gabrielson,
Anne Guzzo,
Cynthia Hartung,
Isadora Helfgott,
Emily Hind,
Jeanne Holland,
Angela Jaime,
Ed Janak,
Michelle Jarman,
Chian Jones Ritten,
Marianne R. Kamp,
Frieda E. Knobloch,
Renee Laegreid,
Jennifer LaVanchy,
Jennifer Mayer,
Leila Monoghan,

Hannelore Mundt,

Quincy Newell,
Danielle Pafunda,

Tucker Readdy,

Nancy Shea,
Lilia Soto,
Tonia St. Germain,

Advisory Committee

Stephanie Anderson
Cecelia Aragon
Isadora Helfgott
Emily Hind
Angela Jaime
Michelle Jarman
Marianne Kamp
Renee Laegreid,
Jennifer Lavancy
Quincy Newell
Danielle Pafunda
Chian Jones Ritten,

The Gender and Women's Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary course of study which systematically examines gender and, women specifically, in history, society and culture. Students may earn a major in Gender and Women's Studies or a minor as a complement to their major.

An interdisciplinary Gender and Women's Studies Advisory Committee advises the program on curriculum, scheduling and coordination. A faculty advisor is assigned to the student upon declaration of the major or minor.

Major requirements

For the Gender and Women's Studies major, the student must complete 33 credit hours of women's studies courses. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Core Courses (12 credit hours):

1. Introductory Course: (3 credits) Choose ONE from:

a. WMST 1080: Intro to Women's Studies or
b. WMST 2000: Intro to GLBTQ/NS Studies or
c. WMST 1900: Women & Leadership

2. Theory/Methods Courses (9 credits)

a. WMST 3710: Gender & Humanities; and
b. WMST 3500: Gender & Society and
c. WMST 4700: Feminist Theories

Required Electives: (one course in each category; 9 credit hours)

1. History-based course (any level)
2. Global (upper division)
3. Sexualities, Ethnicities, Identities (upper division)

Students cannot double-dip for these electives. (See advisor for list of offerings)

Free Electives: 12 credit hours.

Students may choose from our full complement of courses to complete their major requirements.

Students have the option to do 12 hours in one of the following areas, or a combination in one or more areas, or create an independent path under consultation with the advisor. Possible areas of emphasis include:

Culture and Representation; Health, the Body and Sexualities; Social Policy and Social Justice; Independent Path. (see advisor for list of offerings)

As part of their 12 free elective hours students have the option of pursuing internships (WMST 4970) within the program but should recognize that internships require both a 3.3GPA and consent of instructor.

Gender and Women's Studies with Honors:

Students pursuing Gender and Women's Studies with Honors should complete, as part of their 12 free elective hours:

WMST 4965 Senior Honors Project (formerly WMST 4965 Senior Paper)

To be eligible for this option, students must have an overall 3.5 GPA and submit their request for admittance to Honors to the faculty in the spring of their junior year, or after completion of WMST 4700 Feminist Theories, whichever comes first, or by instructor consent for concurrent enrollment. We will address transfer students on a case-by-case basis in terms of their timing.

Honors in Gender and Women's Studies recognizes academically ambitious students; it requires that you are a candidate with leadership potential who is ready for graduate school work and/or community activism; that you can formulate and articulate original ideas as well as do a sustained feminist analysis of others' studies. In addition, Honors means you have acquired the breadth of knowledge to become a feminist voice in academia and/or in the community.

Minor Requirements

All required classes for the minor must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

For the Gender and Women's Studies minor, students must complete 18 hours of WMST course work including one of the following core courses: WMST 1080, 3500, 3710, or 4700. A minimum of 12 hours of credit in the minor must be exclusive of hours earned in the student's major. Nine of the required hours must be 3000-level or above.

Minor in Queer Studies

The Queer Studies minor requires the completion of 18 hours of classes, including WMST 2000-Intro to LGBTQ/NS, and nine or more credits at the 3-4000 level. Each semester, students, in consultation with a queer studies advisor, will choose elective courses. Independent projects or internships will be encouraged.

A graduate minor in Queer Studies requires the completion of 12 hours, including WMST/ENGL 5000 - Queer Theory,  a minimum of 6 hours at the 5000+ level, and a capstone experience or independent study. For committee-based degree programs with QS content it is expected that the student include will one committee member from QS. 

An interdisciplinary, independent Queer Studies advisory committee advises the program on curriculum, scheduling and coordination. A faculty advisor is assigned to the student on declaration of the minor.

The advisory board for the minor includes:

Cathy Connolly, chair, gender and women's studies
Ulrich Adelt, american studies
Christine Boggs, Outreach School
Dolores Cardona, Assoc. Dean of Students
Aurora Chang, educational studies
Susanna Goodin, philosophy
Emily Hind, modern and classical languages
Ed Janak, educational studies 
Beth Loffreda,
american studies
Danielle Pafunda,
Nicole Quackenbush,
Rachel Watson,
molecular biology


Graduate Study


Women's Studies (WMST) Courses

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