Mission Statement: The Women’s and Gender Studies Program is an interdisciplinary academic program that places women at the center of inquiry and explores gender as a system of relations and power. It values the diversity of race, sexuality and class and it empowers students to confront an increasingly complex world. (WGSAC approved 4-7-09)
Minor Degree: The minor degree complements a student’s major by focusing on women’s and gender issues in a variety of disciplines. It consists of 18 credit hours, up to 6 hours of which can overlap with a student’s major degree requirements. One introductory course is required (“Women’s & Gender Studies” WSTD 220) and five courses are designated electives from at least two different departments. Click on the “Class Schedules” link for course offerings each semester.
Program History: University faculty and administrators from across campus established the Women’s Studies Program at UNK in 1989. It is now one of over 650 such programs at colleges and universities throughout the United States. The first Women’s Studies Program began in 1970 at San Diego State University, and in 1977 the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). formed to help develop this new discipline. Their goal at the time was to create space for the study of women; faculty and students wanted a university education to include women’s issues and perspectives. Since then, Women’s Studies Programs have grown to include new scholarship on gender and masculinities. The UNK program changed its name to reflect these developments, becoming the Women’s & Gender Studies Program in 2007.
To add the minor degree to your academic program, please contact the Women’s & Gender Studies faculty advisor:
Dr. Linda Van Ingen
Director, Women’s & Gender Studies Program
Associate Professor, History
103-C Copeland Hall