Women's and Gender Studies

Why a degree in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality StudiesWomen’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies?

We are excited that you are interested in the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies program at the University of Montana! The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at The University of Montana is at the forefront of interdisciplinary studies. The Program currently brings together undergraduate students and faculty from almost every discipline in the College of Humanities and Sciences who have an interest in studies relating to women, gender and sexuality. Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies encourages the production, discussion, and dissemination of knowledge about women's experiences, oppressions, and achievements in Montana, the United States, and the world. In the last decade this focus has broadened to include the study of gender, sex and sexualities. By fostering awareness of cultural and international diversity, as well as of the circulations of power mediated by race, class, age, and sexual orientation, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies encourages students to think critically and to envision justice for all peoples. Director Elizabeth Hubble welcomes you to stop by our office in Liberal Arts 138A to learn more about the program and student opportunities.

Learn more about our Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The focus of the Graduate Certificate is on intersectionality; students in the program explore links between their chosen field of study with an interdisciplinary approach that addresses questions of gender, race, and class.

Our program offers an undergraduate minor, an undergraduate major in Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, an undergraduate major emphasis in the Liberal Studies department, and graduate courses. We sponsor a number of campus events related to our mission, and we offer scholarships for students pursuing issues in women, gender and sexuality studies.

In a nutshell, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies encourages students to think critically and to envision justice for all peoples. Being an option for Liberal Arts majors, the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies option is a cutting edge discipline focusing on many of the issues in today’s society. A Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies option gives you the opportunity to explore areas of history, sociology, psychology, culture, religion, etc. that women have influenced for generations yet have not received the focus and attention to their contributions that their male counterparts have had. If you are a woman, or work with, live with, attend school with, know, love, and interact with women, you will be affected by the issues that women’s studies courses examine.

You may want to consider a Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies minor. Since there is such a wide range of courses that are cross-listed as Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, you may already be taking many of the required courses! And, if you are just starting your university career, a Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies minor fits nicely into most any major, complementing other coursework nicely.

Graduates from the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program don’t just go out and get jobs, they go out and change the world! Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies graduates acquire a solid foundation of liberal arts and social science. They are articulate, imaginative, analytical, persuasive and creative. They have learned to think critically and can envision justice for all peoples. They are the kind of people employers today want to hire!

Sample Occupations

  • Directors of Women’s Organizations
  • Historians
  • Artists
  • Politicians
  • Business Managers
  • Educators
  • Journalists
  • Social Workers
  • Civil Servants Entrepreneurs
  • Counselors

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