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Women's Studies

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to engage in teaching, research, andservice activities devoted to examining the cultural, historical, social, political, and economic experiences and contributions of women of different races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions,classes, abilities, and sexual orientations in a global context; the many ways in which gender distinctions have affected human lives, as well as the construction and intersection of gender, race, and class; feminist scholarship; and critical and theoretical analyses and reflection upon these topics.

A wide variety of feminist perspectives and feminist criticisms are employed as methodologies in this interdisciplinary field. Academically, we seek to provide our students with a solid background in knowledge about gender, race, class, and sexual orientation issues; feminist analysis; critical thinking; and oral and written communication, and actively engage students in the generation of new knowledge and areas of inquiry.

We aim to prepare students for meaningful participation and contribution in an inclusive and diverse society, to be local, national, and global citizens, and to participate effectively and contribute meaningfully in a diverse workplace.

Finally, we intend to provide a nurturing environment for the whole person – to help each student find her or his own strengths, gifts, and path, as well as to raise awareness about the way that path concerns and connects with others in local and global contexts.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Vision Statement

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth will build upon its strong foundation in Women’s Studies core curricula, transnational feminism, applied feminism, as well as its long-standing commitment to feminist pedagogy and engagement with the unique and internationally renowned feminist advocacy community of the Twin Ports to become a more comprehensive department, under the new name of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, recognized for its student-centered community and pedagogy, applied scholarship, and feminist activism and community engagement.

Women's Studies B.A. Student Learning Outcomes

1. Apply knowledge of women's experience, roles, and contributions historically and in present time within local, global, political, social and economic contexts, and understand major concepts in the discipline of Women's Studies

2. Understand, articulate, and apply knowledge of feminist theory, epistemologies, and ethics in the discipline of Women's Studies, and apply knowledge of feminist theory, epistemologies, and ethics.

3. Demonstrate cultural competence by, applying knowledge of identity politics and location in terms of gender, race, class, age, ability, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and nationality in interpreting personal life and a sharpened recognition and celebration of human diversity.

4. Formulate relevant questions for research and inquiry in the field of Women's Studies and apply appropriate research methodologies for their investigation.

5. Demonstrate effective skills in written, as well as oral and media communication.

6. Critically analyze material with regard to the strengths and weaknesses of supporting reasoning and evidence. Recognize assumptions, standpoints, biases, and power dimensions of an argument as well as the inclusivity and/or exclusivity of the viewpoints expressed.

7. Exercise feminist discourse skills with individuals and groups. Clearly represent and understand one's own standpoint while making room for the standpoints and ideas of others.

8. Contribute time, knowledge, skills to local, national, or global organizations whose work significantly impacts women and other social justice concerns.

9. Develop self-awareness of one's owns strengths, gifts and path.