The Women’s and Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor is available for masters and doctoral students seeking to integrate work on women and gender into their programs of study. The graduate minor is designed to provide students with knowledge of theories and methods within a variety of approaches in feminist and gender-based scholarship. The program seeks to integrate and synthesize knowledge from many disciplines and to offer students opportunities for systematic study of gender and women’s experiences and perspectives in all knowledge fields.

Program Requirements


  • Official acceptance into any ISU graduate degree program.
  • Successful completion of at least two undergraduate courses in Women’s and Gender Studies.
  • Submission of a Statement of Purpose to the program director detailing your research interests in the Women’s and Gender Studies minor.
  • Completion of an advisory meeting with the program director.

Course Work: A Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Minor requires a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours of coursework.

Required Courses (6 Credits)*:

  • Theory (3 Credits): WS 501: Contemporary Feminist and Gender Theories or ELPS621: Pedagogies of Dissent.
  • Methods (3 Credits): WS 502 Advanced Seminar in Feminist Research Methods or SOC 513 Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology or RESEV 580 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methodology or RESEV 680 Critical Issues in Qualitative Inquiry (pre-requisite: RESEV 580).

*Course substitutions possible on a case-by-case basis with POS committee approval

Elective Courses (6 Credits): Students are required to take a minimum of six (6) elective credits from available core and cross-listed Women’s and Gender Studies Classes.

Conference Participation: All Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Minors are required to participate in the end of year student directed conference as a presenter, panel moderator, and/or administrative/support staff for the event.

Language Requirements: Determined by primary department

Grad Program Info


Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Minors

Nancy Gebhart
Paul Hengesteg
Stephanie Gibb-Clark