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