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Gender and Women's Studies Program
Physical location:
Ross Hall 100
Mailing address:
Dept. 4297
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-2733
Fax: 307-766-2555
Email: wmst@uwyo.edu

Graduate Minor 

Why do a Graduate Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies?

The Graduate Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies provides advanced feminist training for students from a variety of academic backgrounds and career paths. Students explore how gender is intrinsic to global, national, and local processes.  As the name "Gender and Women’s Studies" indicates, our minor retains the emphasis on women's lives and situations, while also incorporating feminist analyses of masculinity and men's lives and other issues implicit in the study of gender. 

Who Should do a Graduate Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies?

Students who participate in this graduate minor will likely consider master’s and doctoral research projects linked to topics in Gender and Women’s Studies and to faculty members affiliated with GWST. In addition, students in professional programs such as Law, Agriculture, Business, and Health Sciences could benefit from a feminist analysis of issues within their field of inquiry. 

Requirements for the Graduate Minor in Gender and Women's Studies

A total of 12 hours of course work, nine hours of which must be at the 5000 or above level. It includes: WMST 5700, Feminist Theories and Methods (and a graduate discussion section)* and three electives. 

* Feminist Theories has a graduate student discussion section. This is a place where faculty and graduate students come together to share research on a weekly basis in an informal setting. It is our chance to work closely with our graduate students from across the disciplines in an intellectual community forum where we share ideas and offer examples of theoretical application in our research practices.  See the fall 2012 discussion session schedule.

We also host informal gatherings for our graduate students so they can get to know each other and form good working relationships through their graduate time here at UW.

Students are encouraged to complete at least one independent study (WMST 5975) with a GWST faculty member. 

In addition, students must have a GWST faculty member on their Plan B paper, Thesis or Dissertation committee [Students in professional programs without a culminating writing element can meet this alternatively.]


Graduate Degrees in the Disciplines

Many Gender and Women’s Studies faculty are members of the Graduate Faculty and are available to serve on students’ graduate committees for theses that involve issues of sex, gender and sexuality. 

Travel Awards

Gender and Women’s Studies graduate students are encouraged to develop professional skills through the presentation of academic papers at professional meetings. The Graduate Student Resources website  as well as the Paul Stock Fund of the College of Arts and Sciences supports graduate students who present papers at professional conferences with small travel awards.

Reading List

Entering graduate students in the minor should have digested this reading list by the end of their first semester in their graduate program. (READING LIST)

Recent Graduates and Thesis Titles:

  • Emily Arendt (Sp 2009; MA in History, WMST grad minor) 
  • Kerrita Mayfield (Fa 2008, Ph.D. in Education, WMST grad minor)
  • Katy Brown (Su 2006; Sociology, WMST GA):  “The Demography of Nike, Helena, and Melpomene: A Feminist Socio-Legal Analysis of Athletic Gender Equity via Sports Law.” 
  • Jess Bryski (Su 2005; Interdisciplinary, WMST GA):  “By Any Means Necessary:  The Social Construction of Masculinity in the Anti-Abortion Movement”
  • Jennifer Mayer (Sp 2005; Interdisciplinary): "Mean Girls: A Feminist Re-reading of the Female Rivalry Theme in High Victorian Paintings"
  • Evelyn Haskell (Sp 2005; American Studies, WMST GA):  “Japanese American Girl Scouts at Hearth Mountain, Wyoming 1942-45”

For more information regarding graduate school, please visit the UW Graduate Education page. 

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