What have past Gender Studies students said about the program?
How did the Gender Studies minor contribute to my academic development?
I loved that the Gender Studies minor was interdisciplinary. I studied history, literature, and philosophy, while learning about the significant contributions women made to these different areas of study. The GS minor was also a nice complement to my philosophy major. I had the opportunity to study feminist ethics, which was really unique for a traditionally male dominated discipline like philosophy.
Carol Morris, Class of 1999
Office Coordinator, Office of Academic Advising, College of Saint Benedict
What did I learn from Gender Studies courses that helped foster my own personal development?
Taking Gender Studies courses challenged me to rethink my values and beliefs and reflect on personal choices. Learning about relationship dynamics helped me continue developing my interpersonal and coping skills with more confidence. Many of the GS courses were enlightening and helped me understand why I do what I do sometimes. Through the process of rediscovering myself, I also learned how I really feel about many things, not just believing a certain way because that is how I was socialized. I find myself making healthier choices for myself after taking many of these courses.
Lisa Schmid, Class of 1999
What did I learn from the Gender Studies minor that has been useful for me in my job or career?
I use my strong leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills daily in my job as a legislative assistant to a state senator. For example, I supervise our committee page, communicate with senators, constituents, other staff members, other government officials, and lobbyists, and make decisions that affect our office and the way we do things. I also believe that the GS minor has given me the tools I need to stand up and argue for public policy that benefits women and promotes equality and social justice. I would not hesitate to tell my boss what I think about a particular piece of legislation and the way it will impact women. Fortunately, I work for a senator that needs very little reminding of such things! Ultimately, I know that the things I learned and the skills I developed through my experience in the GWST minor definitely contributed to my being able to have the job I love so much now.
Rachel Wick, Class of 2000
Systems Assistant, Minnesota Women's Press