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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Gender & Women's Studies

Graduate Program

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The Master of Science and Master of Arts in Gender & Women's Studies is an internationally known program which attracts students from throughout the U.S. and abroad. The graduate program combines interdisciplinary course work, internships, and individual and cooperative research projects. This feminist program integrates theory and activism. Departmental faculty areas of interest include feminist theory, violence against women, gender and law, women's and girls' history, history of sexuality, LGBT/queer studies, social justice activism, sex work, public health, HIV policy, and feminist pedagogy.


The Gender & Women's Studies Department seeks to provide high quality, interdisciplinary graduate education with the following student learning outcomes:

  1. To demonstrate knowledge of the frameworks of feminist thought.
  2. To demonstrate knowledge of and apply feminist research methods.
  3. To examine interlocking systems of oppression in the U.S. and internationally.
  4. To interrogate the connection between feminist theory and activism.
  5. To develop professional and activist skills.
  6. To demonstrate professional writing and speaking skills.