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Gender Studies Major

The Gender Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary course of study that examines gender and sexuality from social, cultural, and biological perspectives. The program is founded on close collaboration between academic departments, enabling students and faculty to utilize the perspectives and methodologies of gender and women's studies across traditional disciplines.



The Gender Studies department is comprised of over 50 professors, who are from other departments. Our professors offer a broad curriculum for students interested in the Gender Studies major.

Our department is interculturally focused. Our faculty come from diverse backgrounds, we offer three different study abroad programs, and our courses study gender in different social and cultural contexts.

Our curriculum incorporates the topic of gender into other disciplines, such as the Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences to create an interdisciplinary education.

Students can choose from courses in many departments, including:




A degree in Gender Studies equips students for social change, while giving them the tools to work for social justice. It has allowed our alumni to work in many careers, such as an attorney, marketing assistant, lobbyist, and even a licensed marriage and family therapist; the opportunities are endless.

All degrees benefit from the knowledge that is learned from Gender Studies. Gender awareness, advocacy, and equality make you more marketable in your profession.

Minnesota OUT! Campus

The Minnesota OUT! Conference (MOCC) is approaching! Minnesota State University, Mankato will host MOCC November 3rd-November 5th, 2017.

MOCC is a premier opportunity for students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the surrounding areas to discuss issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, and two spirit persons (LGBTQIA2S+) on college and university campuses and in the greater community.

Include QUEER PRESSURE! Queer Pressure is a DIY collective of queers who seek to promote queer art, concerts, and parties. They’ll share how to push boundaries of homonormativity and create events for and by queer people. Then later that night they will host our dance party from 9PM to 12AM. 

PIDGEON PAGONIS. Pidgeon is an intersex person, activist and filmmaker recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change in 2015. They will be featuring their documentary “The Son I Never Had.”

JESSICA FLATEQUAL. Jessica Flatequal is a professional lesbian, bow tie aficionado, aspiring crime show re-enactor, social justice advocate, and the Executive Director of South Central Minnesota Pride. She is a Mankato native who is dedicated to educating the region in LGBTQ issues and helping to create a more inclusive community where all people are celebrated and welcomed.

We WANT your workshop proposals! Workshops must be 60 minutes in length. How you want to present is up to you! PowerPoint not required! Panels are also welcome. Visit this link to submit your proposal(s).

Visit the conference website for all the details on Registration. Click here to register for the conference and submit proposals.

We are still accepting donations to help cover costs. We will continue to keep this conference free to students! A non-student fee is $30 and scholarships are available. Click here to learn about the Resource Fair.


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Contact Us

Jean Keller
Chair, Gender Studies
SJU Quad 357C
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University


Download our Spring 2018  Course Booklet