In the 1970s, the University of Montana began offering courses for credit in Women’s Studies. In the last decade, this focus has broadened to include study of the social and cultural construction of gender, sex, and sexualities. Women’s, Gender and Sexualities studies encourages the production, discussion, and dissemination of knowledge about women’s experiences, oppressions, and achievements, in Montana, the U.S., and the world. By fostering awareness of cultural and international diversity, as well as of the circulation of power and privilege mediated by race, class, age, ability, ethnicity and sexual orientation, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies encourages students to think critically and to envision justice for all peoples.
Students may choose a Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies Major, an option in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies within a Liberal Studies major or may complete a Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies minor. They may also select any of a wide range of courses cross-listed with departments in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, law, education, and other disciplines. Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies offers scholarships and prizes, and sponsors or co-sponsors a variety of events including lectures, discussions, and performances, that make a vibrant contribution to both the campus and the Missoula community life. To be admitted to any of these programs, students register with the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies advisor, who will explain requirements and supervise their program.
The program is administered by the Director in consultation with the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Steering Committee, an interdisciplinary group of faculty with teaching and research interests in women.