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Women’s and Gender Studies Overview

If you are passionate about women’s empowerment, interested in the history of women’s roles in society and want to improve women’s lives, then a women’s and gender studies minor at SMWC is what you are looking for. This area of study complements any major, from psychology to biology and media art to digital marketing. Our degree programs provide the flexibility to lead you to the career of your dreams. With your professional advisors helping you along the way, you can mix and match majors and minors to get the perfect degree tailored to you and your career aspirations. Plus, you’ll graduate with a strong foundation in liberal arts.

Offered both on-campus and online, this minor will help you develop confidence in your analytical and critical skills and better enable you to meet challenges with courage. You will also become acquainted with concerned and experienced faculty who share your interest in women’s lives and experiences.

Interested in majoring in women’s and gender studies? An individualized major is available to you. While not offered in the general curriculum, a major in women’s and gender studies can be put together through various consortium agreements and individualized customization. If you are considering a women’s and gender studies major, contact us today to discuss your options.


What is women’s and gender studies and what can you do with a degree in it?
Women’s and gender studies is an academic field that actively analyzes how gender, together with race, class, ethnicity and ability, affects our lives. It focuses on breaking down the prevalent binary systems in most societies. Women’s and Gender Studies minors are viewed favorably, in fact, sought after by employers in a variety of professional fields. Some possible career paths for this minor include:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Law
  • Corrections
  • Community mental health facilities
  • Private business
  • Shelters for abused women
  • Women’s health providers
  • Social service providers
  • Fine and performing arts
  • Digital media communications
  • Scholarship and research

What support and resources are provided at SMWC?
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides exceptional, personalized learning resource services to encourage student success. The LRC offers help with a range of academic support services, including a writing center, tutoring, college success courses and more.