Mission Statement

Women's and Gender Studies, an interdisciplinary program founded in 1971, encourages the production, discussion, and dissemination of knowledge about women’s experiences, oppressions, and achievements, in Montana, the U.S., and the world. In the last decade, this focus has broadened to include study of the social and cultural construction of gender, sex, and sexualities. By fostering awareness of cultural and international diversity, as well as of the circulations of power mediated by race, class, age, and sexual orientation, Women’s and Gender Studies encourages students to think critically and to envision justice for all peoples.

Students may choose an option in Women’s and Gender Studies within a Liberal Studies major or may complete a Women’s and Gender 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 and Gender 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.

The program is administered by the Co-Directors in consultation with the Women’s and Gender Studies Steering Committee, an interdisciplinary group of faculty with teaching and research interests in women. Students may choose an option in Women’s and Gender Studies within the Liberal Studies major or may elect to complete the Women’s and Gender Studies minor. To be admitted to either program, students register with the Women’s and Gender Studies advisor, who will explain option or minor requirements and supervise their program.