Gender Studies minor | UW-Superior

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Gender Studies minor

The Gender Studies program provides students with resources and opportunities to explore issues of gender and gender inequalities. The mission of the program is to raise awareness and to transform the university and the community through teaching, learning, and social action.

A minor in Gender Studies is a valuable addition to any major. In our global, multicultural world, employers seek people who are aware and informed about current issues of gender and sexual diversity.

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Gender Studies

Let's talk Gender Studies

  • A 21-credit minor, established in 1976 as Women's Studies, this unique, interdisciplinary program features courses and teachers from a broad range of academic fields.
  • Gender Studies co-sponsors programs and events with Gender Equity Programs. A new Gender Equity Center in the Swenson Academic Building will provide informational resources and serve as a place for students of all genders and sexual identities to meet, talk and study.
  • The Gender Studies Program sponsors speakers and events throughout the year.
  • An annual essay contest provides prizes and a public reception and reading for students writing on Gender Studies topics.

What can you do with a degree in Gender Studies from UW-Superior?

A minor in Gender Studies is helpful in any career field. Employers look for people who not only have the knowledge and skills to do their jobs, but who also understand and respect gender dynamics and issues of diversity.

What our Alumni have to say about the program...

Ashley Bennett works as a Senior Development Associate, raising funds for the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis. She writes, "What I appreciate most about the Gender Studies curriculum is how diverse the options are. The ability to get a perspective from Africa to Asia and everywhere in between adds to the appeal of this minor."

Paul Winterscheidt, Police Officer for the City of Superior, says, "The Gender Studies courses I completed at UW-Superior have benefited me in my career. Gender issues are a big part of my job, and my experience at UW-Superior gave me a better appreciation for the issues women face in the criminal justice system." Paul was awarded the Superior Police Department's Distinguished Service award in 2010.

Jacci Rivard has worked for the Girl Scouts in various capacities, most recently as Pathways Director (Program Director) for the Girl Scouts in Greater Iowa. She is now a graduate research assistant in the Higher Education and Student Leadership Master's Program at Western Michigan University.

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