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Women and Gender Studies

The women and gender studies major is an interdisciplinary program appropriate as a complement to various majors. This major is particularly useful in acquiring perspectives that complement traditional studies for developing leadership roles or for pursuing careers that involve gender concerns. Women and gender studies offers an undergraduate major, minor and, with departmental approval, a graduate emphasis. 

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The Program

Women and gender studies focuses on women in society and aims to raise women's aspirations, expand awareness of their capabilities and widen the knowledge and development of both female and male students.

Women and gender studies courses aim to:

  1. Enhance the marketability of students who are interested in how issues regarding women and men impact a variety of employment opportunities, including business, social work, education, public policy, healthcare, sport and law; 
  2. Attract students who are keenly interested in women and gender studies to major in this discipline; and
  3. Provide an opportunity for men and women to learn more about the role of gender in society.

The teaching and learning approach tends to be interdisciplinary, emphasizing relationships and connections between traditional disciplines.

General Education

The introductory women and gender studies classes, WGS 110 and 112, provide an avenue for students to fulfill North Dakota State University’s cultural diversity requirements while earning the undergraduate major. All students are required to take 40 credits of general education course work from categories including, but not limited to, communication, humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, wellness, cultural diversity and global perspective. 

Career Opportunities

A women and gender studies student will strengthen skills in writing, critical thinking, oral presentation, team work and leadership. These skills are important in today’s evolving job market oriented by increased needs for communication skills, new technologies, rapid economic change and resourceful employees. Women and gender studies courses, which emphasize the value of diversity, relationships and coalition building, prepare graduates to listen, to communicate across differences in background and viewpoint, to analyze reports and to respond openly to change. These are all characteristics required to pursue successful careers in teaching and school administration; social services, law enforcement, counseling, and community organization; communication, business, marketing, human resources, and management; services and hospitality industries; and in healthcare fields such as nursing, medicine, pharmacy and administration. 

The Program Organization

The Women and Gender Studies Advisory Board consists of representatives from  various colleges and student life. The women and gender studies director administers the program.

Ann Burnett

women and gender Studies, Director

Elizabeth Birmingham     


Virginia Clark Johnson

Human Development and Education, Dean

Sarah Dodd

Sexual Assault Prevention Programs, Assistant Director

Erienne Fawcett

Women and Gender Studies, Assistant Director

Kara Gravley-Stack

Director of Diversity Intitiatives

Ineke Justitz


Kent Sandstrom

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Dean

Christina Weber


Kim Vonnahme

Animal Sciences

David Wittrock

Graduate School

2 women and gender studies student representatives

The women and gender studies faculty includes NDSU faculty members who teach a women and gender studies course, or wish to be affiliated with the women and gender studies program and identify with the women and gender studies program mission.

You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement, and at the same time share a      general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Marie Curie

Quote from Light One Candle. N.Y. Peter Pauper Press, 1991.

The Curriculum

The women and gender studies major consists of a total of 36 approved semester credits. Students must take all five core courses, two electives, then 15 elective credits in their area of choice. 

The women and gender studies minor consists of a total of 18 approved semester credits. Students must take two required courses; then they may take four of any of the courses listed as core courses. At least three credits must be taken in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and three credits in the College of Human Development and Education. Appropriate courses not on either the required or core list must be approved by the program administrators.

Sample Curriculum

General Education Requirements



First Year Experience

  UNIV. 189 - Skills for Academic Success



  COMM. 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking


  ENGL. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II

3, 3

  English Upper Division Writing


Quantitative Reasoning


Science & Technology


Humanities & Fine Arts

WGS 110 - Introduction to Women's Studies  or
       WGS 112 - Introduction to Masculinities


  Humanities and Fine Arts Elective


Social and Behavioral Sciences

  SOC. 412 - Sociology of Sex Roles


  Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective




Cultural Diversity

 WGS 110 - Introduction to Women’s Studies or
       WGS 112 - Introduction to Masculinities


Global Perspective




College/Department Requirements



Humanities Elective


Social Science Elective(s)

3 or 6

Fine Arts Elective(s)

3 or 6



Major Requirements



SOC. 424 - Feminist Theory and Discourse


WGS 350 - Perspectives in Women's Studies


WGS 489 - Internship


WGS Electives


Topic Electives


Electives/Minor/Foreign Language






This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic adviser or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Morril Hall
Room 114

Morrill Hall is located on the south end of campus on Albrecht Boulevard  (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Womens's Studies
North Dakota State University
Morrill 114
Dept. 2355, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58105-6050

Tel: (701) 231-7290 / Fax: (701) 231-1047

Office of Admission
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Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802

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Phone: +1 (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
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