The Women's and Gender Studies Program at The College of St. Scholastica offers a minor designed to cultivate critical thinking about women, sexuality, and gender as it engages with topics of immediate social and political concern. These issues include objectification of women in media and advertising, wars on women's bodies and reproductive health, trafficking of women and girls, systemic sexism within institutions, homophobia, and racism in white middle-class feminist movements.
To introduce students to the history and complexity of these political, intellectual, and cultural issues, the program stresses the critical importance of feminist theory, intersectionality, and global engagement with women's and LGBT movements and lived experiences in the United States and around the world. In this sense, the program turns on a debate that remains central to Women's and Gender Studies - the relationship between academics and activism, between theory and practice.
Students graduating from St. Scholastica with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies have pursued careers in healthcare, midwifery, advocacy, publishing, and have completed graduate study in the humanities, social work, and management.
The program offers both research and internship opportunities. Practicums have been completed at Safe Haven, PAVSA, the YWCA, and the Duluth Building for Women.