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History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at SDSU

Our History

The Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies program was developed by a dedicated and concerned group of faculty at South Dakota State University, which dates back to 1980.

  • 1980:

  • The Women's Studies minor is offered for the first time.

  • 1980-1984:

  • Dr. Ruth Alexander (English) serves as program coordinator.

  • 1984-1993:

  • Dr. Eleanor Schwab (Political Science) serves as program coordinator.

  • 1993-2000: 

  • Dr. Virginia Norris (Psychology) serves as program coordinator of Women's Studies, now a 50%-50% split position shared between Women's Studies and the disciplinary home of the coordinator.

  • Women's Studies 101 (Introduction to Women's Studies), Women's Studies 491 (Capstone/Independent Study) and Women's Studies 392 (Topics in Women's Studies) are developed.

  • 2000-2009:

  • Dr. April Brooks (History) serves as program coordinator of Women’s Studies.

  • 2009-2010:

  • Dr. Christine Stewart-Nuñez (English) serves as interim program coordinator of Women's Studies.

  • 2010-2011:

  • Dr. Meredith Redlin (Sociology and Rural Studies) serves as program coordinator of Women's Studies.

  • 2011-2018:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Tolman (Communication Studies) serves as program coordinator of Women's Studies, and then Women's and Gender Studies.

  • 2016

  • 2019

  • The program name of Women's Studies is changed to Women's and Gender Studies.

  • The program name of Women's and Gender Studies is changed to Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

  • 2019-present:

  • Dr. Becky Kuehl (School of Communication and Journalism) serves as program coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies, and then Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.