Gender and Women's Studies

The gender and women's studies minor seeks to enable students to develop an understanding of women and other marginalized groups by considering perspectives of the past, present, and future.

Break Barriers

The gender and women’s studies (GWST) program at BVU uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore how traditionally oppressed groups have contributed to knowledge, history, and culture. The program emphasizes equality and diversity and creates a new dimension in education about issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality — a dimension with implications that go well beyond the walls of the University.
Students who graduate with this minor can pursue careers in:

  • Social work
  • Law
  • Business
  • Criminal justice
  • Advertising/marketing
  • Counseling
  • History
  • Political science

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An Interdisciplinary Approach

Design your capstone experience + more

BVU’s gender and women’s studies minor is truly interdisciplinary. The program is composed of courses from various disciplines across campus, including psychology, art, digital media, literature, biology, and history. Students also design their own capstone experience based on their interests and major, which can take the form of a research study, a creative work, or a community engagement project.

Get Involved

GWST students often find meaningful involvement in several student organizations, including the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Students Against Violent Environments (SAVE), and Alliance.

Interdisciplinary Focus

The fall section of the program’s introductory course is taught by a team of professors from across campus, while the spring section includes a hands-on civic engagement component.

Global Views

Every day, news outlets are saturated with stories that relate to the GWST minor — including questions of civil rights, pay equity, sexual assault, misogyny, and equal representation in politics.

Minor in Gender and Women's Studies (22 credit hours)

  • GWST 110 Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies
  • GWST 489 Capstone Proposal
  • GWST 490 Capstone
  • 15 credit hours of GWST designated courses from 2 different disciplines.

Contact the coordinator of gender and women/s studies for current list of approved gender and women's studies courses or check the course enrollment report for current semester.

Offerings may include

  • COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
  • ENGL 215 Measuring Jack’s Beanstalk
  • ENGL 300 Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 340 Introduction to Literary Theory
  • ENGL 395/THME 395 Dramatic Literature: Topics
  • ENGL 485 Literature By and About Women
  • GWST 499 Independent Study
  • PHIL 321 Feminist Theory
  • PSYC 329 Psychology of Gender
  • PSYC 429 Stereotypes and Prejudice
  • RELI 321 Women in Philosophy and Religion
  • SCWK 100/SOCI 100 Modern Social Problems
  • SOCI 361/PHIL 361 Racism and Sexism in American Life

We recommend that students complete GWST 110 and GWST 490 at Buena Vista University to obtain a BVU gender and women’s studies minor.


Ms.   Miranda  Pollock

Miranda Pollock

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