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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Graduate Program

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Gender and Women's Studies at MSU draws its curriculum from a long history of feminist study in interdisciplinary settings. The graduate program innovates these epistemologies by simultaneously focusing on theory and practice, positioning it as a recognized feminist thought leader in both research and activism. It is this dual focus that makes Gender & Women's Studies at MSU nationally and internationally known, and pursuing graduate studies in a program with such energy truly allows for our students to cultivate, refine, and ultimately pursue their visions for social justice. Graduates of our program have expanded upon their backgrounds and experiences to enact social change within and among cultures, contributing to the feminist innovation for which we are known.


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.