Women’s and Gender Studies at Montana State University offers courses as well as an undergraduate minor.
The program encourages students to engage actively in the innovative and challenging work of interdisciplinary research by applying the critical and theoretical approaches of Women’s and Gender Studies to their major. The program takes gender and sexuality as categories foundational to an understanding of culture and society, examining, for instance, the ways in which gender is culturally and socially constructed rather than biologically determined.
Drawing on history, literature, cultural studies, social science, and science, the program fosters analysis of gender and sexuality as they intersect with race, ethnicity, class, nationality, and other categories of difference. Through engagement with feminism, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory, and LGBT studies, the program promotes interdisciplinary inquiry into femininity, masculinity, queerness, and normativity. Our areas of faculty strength include the study of nationhood, science, empire, transnational movements, globalization, family, health, and psycho-social well-being.
The minor is administered by the Women’s and Gender Studies Minor Committee in the College of Letters and Science. Students have both academic and social opportunities to meet with Women’s and Gender Studies faculty and other students in the minor. The Women’s Center, room 15 Hamilton Hall, provides a lending library, referral service, and extensive programming enhancing Women’s and Gender Studies.