Mission Statement

Our Mission

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at UWRF is an interdisciplinary program with a university-wide mission prompting awareness of gender, sexuality, and women’s experiences. Although claiming that the study of “man” includes women, university curricula have historically failed to examine women’s lives, work, and perceptions. Our program addresses these omissions. The Program creates an understanding that interrelated factors—such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexuality, sexual orientation—inform knowledge of all people’s history, culture, and social roles. Our program equips students with the critical tools for rigorous intellectual inquiry to question prevailing assumptions; fosters a development of ethical and engaged citizenship; promotes a sense of community among students, staff, faculty, and local citizens; and inspires students to work toward the goal of a just and equitable society for all people.

Purpose of Women's and Gender Studies Minor

A minor in Women’s and Gender Studies provides students with the following:  a broad historical representation of scholarship on women; and a set of methodologies that acknowledges the intrinsic value of the experiences, contributions, and perspectives of both women and men.

The minor consists of a core unit and elective courses in many disciplines for a total of 23 minimum credit hours.