One of the greatest strengths of our women’s and gender studies program is its interdisciplinary approach.

Programs of Study

Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

All women’s and gender studies students take “Women’s and Gender Studies: Frameworks and Issues,” which provides the theoretical structure with which to analyze gender issues alongside race, ethnicity, class and sexuality. The other courses to complete the minor are up to you.

Concordia offers 15 courses on a regular basis and other courses across campus can be requested to count toward the minor.


A women's and gender studies minor pairs strongly with a number of majors, preparing students for a range of fields, from local activism to global anthropological study.

All of our recent grads have made incredible strides toward improving people’s lives and well-being. Some are in grad school for couple and family therapy or gender studies. Others hit the job market right away and are working for the Ronald McDonald House Charities or for the Au Pair in America program.

Regardless of your life goals, a minor in women’s and gender studies will give you a unique and fresh perspective on the people you meet and the situations you encounter.

Opportunities to Make a Difference

As a women's and gender studies minor, you'll have ample opportunities to make a difference in your community.

Advance your knowledge by attending one of the many conferences held in the Fargo-Moorhead area, including the Red River Valley Women’s Studies Conference where faculty and students frequently present a paper or sit on a panel.

The women’s and gender studies program offers a paid internship every year or you can volunteer at the YWCA, Planned Parenthood or the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center.

Women’s and gender studies students also work closely with the Sexuality and Gender Alliance student organization and the International Community, helping with events like Safe Space Training.

Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

16 additional credits from the following:

  • No more than 6 credits may be accumulated from WGS 390 – Cooperative Education, WGS 480 – Independent Study and WGS 490 – Practicum.
  • Students may apply to have a Critical Inquiry Seminar, Capstone and other Concordia courses counted toward completion of a women’s and gender studies minor if the content, pedagogy and assignments of the course fit the goals and outcomes of the minor. For procedures and forms contact the co-directors.

Note: PSYC 383, PSYC 384 and SPAN 425 require prerequisite courses, which will increase the total number of credits for the minor.

All minors must take WGS 201. Because this course provides a theoretical framework, women’s and gender studies students are encouraged to take it as early as possible in pursuing a minor.


Dr. Karla Knutson

Associate Professor, English English, Women's and Gender Studies

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