Why study women and gender studies?

Women and Gender Studies at the University of North Dakota is a program that combines coursework from the traditional disciplines with in-depth exploration of gender and women's studies.

Our classes examine the complex interaction of gender with other elements of human difference, including race, class, religion, ethnicity, age, ability and nationality. Topics of study include:

  • The politics of sexuality
  • Gender and pop culture
  • Women's achievements and their contributions to history and the contemporary world
  • The performance of femininity and masculinity
  • Power dynamics and the effects on the body
  • LGBTQ+ identity and experience
  • The influence of gender in the shaping of personal identity, the family and public institutions

Drawing from a broad range of allied disciplines, you'll customize your studies to meet your academic goals.

Women and Gender Studies at UND

  • Complete a culminating work of research in your chosen area of interest

  • Learn more about gender issues through our film series and guest lectures

  • Meet important thinkers in the field through the Red River Women's Studies Conference, which UND has hosted every 2 -3 years for more than a decade.

  • Get involved with social justice groups on campus

Women and Gender Studies Careers


Median annual salary for sociologists

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Your B.A. in Women and Gender Studies sets you up for success in any profession you choose, because you'll have the skills that employers value — like critical thinking and analysis, research, communication, and presentation. You'll also have a deep understanding of marginalized communities, giving you valuable insights and perspectives.

Women and Gender Studies graduates go on to a variety of fields, including:

  • Social work
  • Human rights and victim advocacy
  • Higher education
  • Counseling and psychology
  • Law, including sexual/civil rights law
  • Public health
  • Medicine, nursing and midwifery
  • Nonprofit/NGO administration
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship and business
  • Journalism and digital media production
  • Community activism

Women and Gender Studies Courses

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