The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Iowa State University, established in 1977, focuses on the study of issues and scholarship relevant to women and gender, challenges existing systems of knowledge, and forges new scholarship based on the centrality of gender as a category of analysis. Women’s and Gender Studies fosters an awareness of the varied theoretical approaches to the study of women, feminism, and gender, and recognizes that there is a great diversity among women, not only in the United States but worldwide. Women’s and Gender Studies creates an understanding that interrelated factors – e.g., race, ethnicity, class, age, disability, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation-inform knowledge of women’s history, culture, and social roles.
An undergraduate major and minor are offered in Women’s and Gender Studies, in addition to an interdisciplinary graduate minor for both Master’s and Doctoral students. Students can choose from a curriculum of twelve core courses and over twenty cross-listed courses.