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Women's & Gender Studies Minor

The women's & gender studies minor is an interdisciplinary course of study in which you will be introduced to hidden histories and complex social structures, confront injustice and oppression, and analyze the unique issues related to gender that exist in historical and modern contexts.

The WGS minor enables you to critically examine the social understandings of gender and the powerful role gender plays in families, personal relationships, communities (both local and global), education, work, the media, women's health, sexualities and more. With a WGS minor you will become equipped to analyze inequities and to initiate change.

Why pursue a women's & gender studies minor at Whitworth?

  • Identify and investigate the intersections of gender, race, class and religion with gender experiences.
  • Take a variety of courses including Biology of Sex & Gender; Gender, Performance & Pop Culture; and Latina & Caribbean Women Writers.
  • Develop leadership skills in our Gender Issues in Leadership course.
  • Study abroad. In our Social Health Policy in Scandinavia program, you will explore policies that contribute to gender equity in countries where life satisfaction is high.
  • Examine gender issues from a Christian perspective and learn to articulate, support and critique feminist views in light of biblical and theological traditions.
  • Participate in WGS events including Breaking Boundaries: Sharing Wisdom from Women (an annual awards event for women), expert panels, film screenings and guest lectures.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our women's & gender studies grads make a difference (and get jobs)

A minor in women's & gender studies prepares you for graduate school and jobs in a broad range of disciplines including political science, journalism, social work, counseling, medicine, education and human resources.  

Recent job placements include:

  • Jessica Wisse, digital media strategist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash.
  • Catherine Tobey, hospital chaplain and co-founder of Arcadia Guided Outdoor Education, Ogden, Utah
  • Claire Swinford, manager of urban engagement, Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs
  • Chelsea Buffum, licensed mental health counselor, Yakima, Wash.
  • Karina Basso, senior editor, Tablets & Capsules magazine, CSC Publishing Inc., St. Paul, Minn.
  • Britta Howard, domestic violence advocate counselor, YWCA, Spokane
  • Jessica Langdon, client assistant, Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, Los Angeles

Our recent women's & gender studies graduates further their studies in top programs at institutions including:

  • University of Chicago Law School
  • Portland State University
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ask our faculty

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Ask Jennifer

Professor Jennifer Stafford Brown is the director of the women's & gender studies program.

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