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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 work well with traditional studies for developing leadership roles or for pursuing careers that involve gender concerns. Women and gender studies offers an undergraduate major.

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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 all genders 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 all genders 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 requirement 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 current discourse 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, 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.

  • Ashley Baggett                   History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
  • Alison Bertolini                   English and Women and Gender Studies                                                              
  • Ann Burnett                       Women and Gender Studies, Director                                                               
  • Elizabeth Birmingham         English
  • Erienne Fawcett                 Women and Gender Studies, Assistant Director                                                              
  • Margaret Fitzgerald             Human Development and Family Science, Dean                                                                
  • Karen Froelich                    Business
  • Kara Gravley-Stack             Director of Diversity Initiatives
  • Kelsey Keimig                  Sexual Assault Prevention Programs, Assistant Director                                                         
  • Chelsea Pace                       Theatre
  • Kent Sandstrom                  Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Dean                                                                 
  • Beth Twomey                      Library
  • Kim Vonnahme                   Animal Sciences
  • Christina Weber                  Sociology
  • David Wittrock                    Psychology

2 women and gender studies student representatives

The women and gender studies faculty includes NDSU staff who teach a women and gender studies course, or wish to be allied 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





COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking


ENGL 110 - College Composition I


ENGL 120 - College Composition II


Upper Division Writing


Quantitative Reasoning


Science & Technology


Humanities & Fine Arts


Social & Behavioral Sciences




Cultural Diversity


Global Perspective




College/Department Requirements



Humanities Elective


Social Science Elective(s)


Fine Arts Elective(s)




Major Requirements



HIST 260 - Women in America


SOC 424 - Feminist Theory and Discourse


WGS 110 - Introduction to Women’s Studies


WGS 350 - Perspectives in Women’s Studies


WGS 489 - Internship/Capstone


WGS Electives


Topic Electives






Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate

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 advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Transferring Credits
View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at:

Morril Hall
Room 114

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

Contact Information

Women and Gender Studies Program
North Dakota State University
Morrill 114
Dept #2355, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58105-6050

Tel: (701) 231-6483 / Fax: (701) 231-1047

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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



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