Our women’s and gender studies minors gain a rich understanding of gender as a social construct – then use that understanding to break new ground in their personal and professional lives.

Women’s & Gender Studies

Gender structures have shaped the lives of women and men of all races, classes, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations and abilities throughout history. Women’s and gender studies examines these constructs, analyzing their ramifications in both the past and the present.

As a student of women’s and gender studies, you’ll develop a rich understanding of gender and how it intersects with culture. It will open your eyes to issues of social justice and human dignity. In turn, you’ll see greater possibilities and potential for yourself and others.

At St. Norbert, you can minor in women’s and gender studies by completing six courses from the program’s interdisciplinary curriculum. The minor complements a major in any number of fields.

A Women’s & Gender Studies Degree at Work
Like any robust liberal arts program, women’s and gender studies fosters critical thinking, strong communication skills and an ability to lead. These skills, tempered by a nuanced understanding of gender differences and issues, are prized by graduate school admissions officials and employers alike.

St. Norbert women’s and gender studies minors have successfully pursued many different careers, either immediately after completing their bachelor’s degrees or following graduate study:
  • Social worker
  • Business manager
  • Counselor
  • Human resources specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher
  • Affirmative action coordinator
  • Family services administrator
  • Community relations director
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Librarian
  • Public policy specialist
  • Political organizer
  • Patient advocate
  • Parent educator
Enhance Your Women’s & Gender Studies Degree
St. Norbert’s Cassandra Voss Center serves the college and local community with resources and educational programming on women’s issues. The center’s events draws insightful speakers to campus and engages women in meaningful interaction.

You’ll also find the women’s and gender studies faculty eager to collaborate with you on independent research. Your scholarship in the field may earn you the Cassandra J. Voss Award in Women’s & Gender Studies.

As in every field of study at St. Norbert, we encourage women’s and gender studies minor to study abroad or pursue an internship. These experiences broaden your perspective in gender issues and equality.

Program Highlight

The Cassandra Voss Center is the new home for scholarly and extracurricular gender-related programming on campus, including the women’s and gender studies academic discipline. The $2.7 million that funded the project ranks among the largest-ever gift totals for a gender-studies facility at any college or university.

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Faculty Perspective

Karlyn Crowley, director of women’s and gender studies and associate professor of English at St. Norbert College, has published “Feminism’s New Age: Gender, Appropriation, and the Afterlife of Essentialism,” exploring the relationship between feminism and New Age culture. In particular, the book looks at the New Age tokens and practices including crystals, Tarot and goddess worship, analyzing their appeal to women and their impact on contemporary women’s history. 

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