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Program Coordinator's Message

Welcome to Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at South Dakota State University! 

The WGSS program offers an 18-credit undergraduate minor. Students work with the Program Coordinator to personalize their plans of study. The WGSS minor is a great complement to any major, because it prepares students to understand how gender and sexuality shape people's experiences, resulting in better engagement with others. Graduates with a minor in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies will be able to:  

  1. Recognize gender and sexuality as socio-cultural constructs that intersect with race, ethnicity, ability, nationality, and socio-economic status, among other aspects of identity; 
  2. Analyze how institutions and policies influence and reinforce power inequities and cultural expectations about gender and sexuality; and
  3. Engage in critical inquiry using theoretical and methodological lenses grounded in gender and sexuality studies.

The WGSS program co-sponsors events and speakers throughout the year. 

Dr. Rebecca A. Kuehl, Associate Professor
605-688-4171 (School of Communication and Journalism main office)

Katie Larsen, WGSS minor, presents her WMST 491: Independent Study research at the annual EXPL Expo in November 2019.
Katie Larsen, WGSS minor, presents her WMST 491: Independent Study research at the annual EXPL Expo in November 2019.