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.
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:
- 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;
- Attract students who are keenly interested in women and gender studies to major in this discipline; and
- 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.
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.
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|
|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|
|Kent Sandstrom||Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Dean|
|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 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.
|General Education Requirements||Credits|
|First Year Experience|
|UNIV. 189 - Skills for Academic Success||1|
|COMM. 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
|ENGL. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II||3, 3|
|English Upper Division Writing||3|
|Science & Technology||10|
|Humanities & Fine Arts|
|WGS 110 - Introduction to Women's Studies or|
WGS 112 - Introduction to Masculinities
|Humanities and Fine Arts Elective||3|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|SOC. 412 - Sociology of Sex Roles||3|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective||3|
WGS 110 - Introduction to Women’s Studies or
|Social Science Elective(s)||3 or 6|
|Fine Arts Elective(s) ||3 or 6|
|SOC. 424 - Feminist Theory and Discourse||3|
|WGS 350 - Perspectives in Women's Studies||3|
|WGS 489 - Internship||3|
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.
Morrill Hall is located on the south end of campus on Albrecht Boulevard (Campus Map)
Department of Womens's Studies
North Dakota State University
Dept. 2355, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58105-6050
Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
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Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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