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Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Welcome to our program!

Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary minor program that prepares students to recognize gender and sexuality as socio-cultural constructs that intersect with other aspects of identity. Students learn how gender and sexuality shape people’s lived experiences, resulting in better engagement with others. These “people skills,” such as self-awareness, adaptability, and interpersonal skills, are increasingly in demand by employers. Students are academically credentialed to analyze how institutions and policies influence and reinforce power inequities and cultural expectations about gender and sexuality. The culmination of the minor is a student-driven independent study, where students engage in critical inquiry using theoretical and methodological lenses grounded in gender and sexuality studies.

Students are able to take courses with award-winning faculty educators across a wide range of academic units and disciplines. The minor is a great complement for almost any major, including majors within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, which requires a minor for graduation. The minor allows students to deeply consider and value diverse experiences as they work toward promoting equity and gender justice in the world.

Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies encourages learning outside the classroom. We co-sponsor a variety of events on campus, especially during Women’s History Month in March.

Photo of May Dang, WGSS minor, presenting research at the annual EXPL Expo.
May Dang, WGSS minor, presenting her WMST 491: Independent Study research at the annual EXPL Expo in November 2019.


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The Brookings Inclusive Collaborative

Brookings Inclusive Collaborative hosting diversity and inclusion conversations

A collaborative grant partnership focused on workplace diversity and inclusion is hosting two community conversation events this month, inviting members of the Brookings community to discuss how people experience diversity and brainstorm creative approaches to enhance inclusion.

Dr. April Brooks Awards in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies to be announced

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, the 2021 Dr. April Brooks Awards in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at South Dakota State University will be announced via Brooks Zoom March 30. The winners will be named following a research panel discussion that starts at 3 p.m.

Improving Intercultural Competence: Collaboration in Brookings

As the world becomes more connected, the need for understanding various cultures and embracing diversity is becoming even more important.