Why Study Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies?

Minor | Social Science | CAS

Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies (WGSS) equips students with critical skills, fosters the development of ethical and engaged citizenship and inspires them to work toward the goal of a just and equitable society for all people. A truly interdisciplinary minor, the UW-River Falls WGSS Program utilizes personalized learning, passionate faculty and vibrant programming to provide a well-rounded perspective for all students.


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My favorite Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies course is the first one I took - Gender Issues in Science. It was my first experience really having my eyes opened to my own experiences, as well as others. This class was a turning point in my life. It motivated me to seek out leadership roles in my job and I know I would not be in the job I love right now without this course.
Ty Gabrielson

Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies

cas@uwrf.edu // 715-425-3777

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Nurture problem solving, quantitative reasoning, communication, teamwork, team building and critical thinking skills, along with global and ethical awareness.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to promote a sense of community among fellow students, staff, faculty and the local community.
  • Utilize and apply critical tools for intellectual inquiry to question dominant assumptions.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Employ concepts to enhance inclusive well-being and work toward a just and equitable society for all people.


Types of Courses

  • American Ethnic Women Authors
  • Gender and Art
  • Gender Issues in Science
  • LGBTQ Literature
  • Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • Sociology of Family
  • Women, Crime and Justice
  • Women, Film, and Society
  • Women's History: United States


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Potential Careers

WGSS minors graduate with degrees in a wide variety of areas and can seek roles across the career spectrum. Fields that utilize a WGSS education may include:

  • Art
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Psychology
  • Social Activism or Social Work


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