Women’s Studies

About the Department

Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the evolving experiences and contributions of women and girls within various historical, social, political, personal, and cultural contexts. Drawing upon resources from the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, our department offers a wide range of thought-provoking courses. Students can expect to study topics like gender, feminism, race, age, class, religion, sexual identity, health and wellness, and reproduction through readings, videos, collaborative projects, and independent research.

Women’s Studies provides a supportive environment that encourages women and men to think reflectively and critically, envision constructive new realities, respect human dignity and celebrate diversity, earn a developed understanding of the relationship between personal experience and social conditions, have a sense of humor, and take time for fun. Students who graduate with a Women’s Studies Certificate possess skills that are valuable and marketable to a wide variety of employers.

Students may elect to complete the 12-credit Women’s Studies Certificate. Drawing from the expertise of faculty members in a variety of departments, the program is flexible and designed to help students achieve personal and professional enrichment as well as fulfill MnTC goal requirements.

Program Information

Department Description: Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the evolving experiences and contributions of women and girls within various historical, social, political, personal, and cultural contexts. Drawing upon resources from the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, our department offers a wide range of thought-provoking courses. Students can expect to study topics like gender, feminism, race, age, class, religion, sexual identity, health and wellness, and reproduction through readings, videos, collaborative projects, and independent research. Women’s Studies provides a supportive environment that encourages women and men to think reflectively and critically, envision constructive new realities, respect human dignity and celebrate diversity, earn a developed understanding of the relationship between personal experience and social conditions, have a sense of humor, and take time for fun. Students who graduate with a Women’s Studies Certificate possess skills that are valuable and marketable to a wide variety of employers.

Department Learning Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  • Gain insight into diverse cultures and understand how culture impacts perspectives.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Develop a foundation of knowledge about women’s roles in and contributions to the economy, politics, the arts, cultures, and society in the United States and around the world.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the analysis of race and ethnicity, class, sexual identities, culture, religion, disabilities, and geography into explanations of power relations in the contemporary world.
  • Examine the diversity of women’s experiences, past and present, using the concept of gender to identify progress and problems.
  • Identify major feminist movements and explain how they shape policies and perspectives in the United States.
  • Demonstrate understanding of reproductive anatomy and the women’s health initiative.

WOMEN’S STUDIES CERTIFICATE
Program Course Requirements

Required Courses
WMST 1400 Intro to Women’s Studies (3 cr)

Choose 9 credits from the following:

BIOL 2411 Biology of Women (3 cr)
ENGL 2451 Women in Literature (3 cr)
HLTH 1531 Women’s Health (3 cr)
HIST 2420 History of Women in the U.S.  (3 cr)
WMST 2420 Women and Religion (3 cr)

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 12 CREDITS

Special Program Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements listed above, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0
  2. Residency Requirement: students must complete one third (4) of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Transfer Opportunities: This program has a transfer articulation agreement with Minnesota State University – Moorhead.

Career Opportunities: The Women’s Studies Certificate compliments a wide variety of fields such as human resources, social work, psychology, English, criminal Justice, health, and political science. Students who graduate with this certificate develop skills that are highly valued by employers. These skills include problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, research analysis, and communication.

Instructors

robert brekken

Robert Brekken

History Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8190
Brainerd E431
leane flynn

Leane Flynn

English Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8207
Brainerd E453
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Sandra Kaplan

Biology Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8164
Brainerd E434
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Sarah Kath

Philosophy Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8008
Brainerd E336

Elizabeth Mayers

Biology Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8192
Brainerd E433
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Anne Radspinner

Women Studies

Student Testimonials

Ashley

I cannot put into words what Intro to Women’s Studies has done for me. I took this class just to satisfy one of my goal areas, and it has turned out to be the best class I have ever taken (in over 150 credits). I have never felt so moved by a class.

Shawntelle

Going into the social worker field, I feel Intro to Women’s Studies has not only given me strength and courage as a woman in today’s society, but will help me strengthen and give courage to all the women I encounter in my career.

Employment Statistics

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http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

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