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Gender and Women's Studies|College of Arts & Sciences


Gender and Women’s Studies is a dynamic field of inquiry that offers students the opportunity to explore issues of gender and sexuality through a major, minor, and graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies and an undergraduate and graduate minor in Queer Studies. Our program not only fills in the gaps in our knowledge about women but also stimulates us to review and reflect on how our knowledge is gendered. In the spirit of feminism, our students and faculty tend to be campus and community leaders.    


As a student in our program, you will develop a set of valuable critical thinking and analytical skills that will give you a solid foundation as you explore the place of women in society—locally, nationally, globally. You will also learn to examine the differences between men and women in terms of their creativity, achievements, relationships, and through life changes and experiences that are grounded in investigations of gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation in relation to disability, race, religion, nationality and social class. You will learn to question the distribution of knowledge and how it’s related to systems of power through courses and dialogue that challenge you to become activist in your thinking and your practice.


On a more practical side, a major or minor in Gender and Women’s Studies will make you more competitive in graduate school, or will prepare you for a career that values skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, research and problem solving, and/or client advocacy.  Our graduates have succeeded in medical and law school, as well as graduate programs in education, public administration, counseling and social work. They have excelled in careers in health, human rights, business, politics, and administration of community service agencies just to name a few.


Our courses, many of which meet University Studies requirements, are cross-listed with programs such as African American and Diaspora Studies, Art History, American Indian Studies, American Studies, Latino(a) Studies, Criminal Justice, Disability Studies, English, History, International Studies, Social Work (the list goes on and is always growing across disciplines and colleges).


We have several exciting opportunities for students including internships, and graduation with Honors in Gender and Women’s Studies.  We offer several study abroad courses with our faculty.  Recent locations have included India and Fiji.  Many of our students are active leaders on campus, including the GWST sponsored RSO, Speak-Out. 


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On behalf of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, its faculty and students, I would like to express our solidarity with the spirit and intent of the Stop Rape Culture rally which students organized on Monday, April 29th on the University of Wyoming campus. We do not know the end result of the current investigation involving UW Crushes’ site, but we would like to echo the sentiments of our University and of STOP Violence, in particular, in continuing to be alert, aware and diligent in our efforts to listen to survivors of sexual violence and to help them heal and bring about change. Colleen Denney, Director, Gender and Women’s Studies Program

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