Women's and Gender Studies, Graduate Minor

Saint Louis University's graduate minor in women's and gender studies provides an opportunity for graduate students in other departments at SLU to pursue an interdisciplinary education about contemporary social justice issues.

This program complements a variety of graduate programs including the humanities, social sciences, public policy, social work, health care, and law, preparing students for leadership and advocacy roles in community or academic settings. While gender is the primary focus, each course and the discipline as a whole examine gender in light of race, ethnicity, class, sexual identity, ability, age and religion. The discipline teaches students to think critically and to engage in the world as responsible citizens.

Curriculum Overview

SLU's graduate minor in women’s and gender studies requires nine credit of course work. Students will take two core courses covering feminist theories and feminist epistemologies and one elective course that carries the women’s and gender studies designation. Depending on the course offerings, the elective may be a course in a student's home department.

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities 

Students have the option of completing a graduate-level internship under the supervision of a faculty member.

Careers

The graduate minor in women’s and gender studies is well-suited for students pursuing:

  • Careers in community organizing, nonprofit organizations, government service, health care, business and policy research.
  • Doctoral work in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Professional education, including public health, law, social work and public policy.

Admission Requirements

To receive a graduate minor in women's and gender studies, students must be enrolled in another graduate program at SLU. Any graduate student may take the required courses as long as they have the approval of their department or program.

Courses may count for multiple majors and minors, and for core requirements.

Required Courses6
Feminist Theories
Feminist Epistemologies
Elective Courses
Select one course with either a WGST number, cross-listing or attribute, such as:3
Gender and American Politics
Women and Global Issues
Dismantling Oppression: Exploring Equity & Inclusion
Citizenship and Social Difference
Middle English Literature
Romanticism
19th Century English Literature
20th Century Postcolonial Literature
American Political Thought
Feminist Approaches: Not for Women Only
Employment Discrimination
Family Law
Total Credits9

Continuation Standards

Students with a graduate minor in women’s and gender studies must maintain a 3.00 GPA in courses for the women’s and gender studies minor.

For more information about our program, contact:

Amanda Izzo, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Coordinator
amanda.izzo@slu.edu