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Gender Studies is not just alive—it’s thriving!

  • Scholarships

  • Mentoring

  • Networking

  • Internships

  • Accessible Profs

  • Individualized Advising

  • Interdisciplinary Classes

  • Design Your Own Major

  • Earn Graduate or Undergraduate Certificates

Why Gender Studies?

“The interdisciplinary aspects of GS education taught me to consider gender in all aspects of my life, academically and professionally, thus leaving me a more balanced, well-informed and considerate personality.  Without the opportunity to focus on gender-related issues within both the humanities and social sciences, I feel that my grasp of feminist and gender theory would not be as great.” – Bryonie Carter, GS Undergraduate Certificate, 2007

“This department helped me as a young woman regain who I was and get back to school and obtain a necessary education.  If it were not for Dr. Kathleen Nigro and the loving staff in GS, I would not be graduating.” - Kenyatta N. Thacker, GS Certificate 2009

“Gender education provides a foundation upon which lessons of kowlwedge, tolerance, discrimation prevention, and activism can be built.”  - Candice Gillmann

“Gender Studies has had an immeasurable effect on my life and my college career.  [Its] emphasis on critical thinking, research techniques, and writing has helped me to improve my work in all of my classes.”  Angela Toole, GS Certificate 2009, Fulbright Scholarship, 2009-10

“GS courses have taught me to be aware of my surroundings and to think critically before I speak, to think outside the ‘norm’. . . .  GS courses and faculty have honestly enhanced my self-confidence, self-understanding, my ability to analyze others and myself, and improved my writing skills.  I can sincerely say that the GS program and its courses have also helped me with social interactions with others.” – Bridget Yirakpoa Member-Meneh, President of Pan African Association, UMSL.


Gender Studies provides academic programs leading to an undergraduate certificate, a Bachelor’s degree, or a graduate certificate.  Course work is interdisciplinary, developed in cooperation with departments from across the curriculum.  Students seeking a certificate or a bachelor’s degree have the opportunity through course work, seminars, research experiences, internships, mentoring, and service-learning to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the workplace or go on with graduate education.