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Why Study Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies?

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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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

“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, psychology major, women’s, gender and sexualities studies minor

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