The Ph.D. program in Feminist Studies and the graduate minor program in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies are designed to help students develop a high level of competence in feminist theories, research methods, interdisciplinarity, and pedagogies. Our program is especially strong on feminist theory and issues related to women’s diversity, nationally and globally. To guarantee a high level of interdisciplinary exchange, our program is designed to bring Feminist Studies doctoral students together with graduate minor students who are pursuing a disciplinary specialty in their own home department.
Among the Feminist Studies graduate faculty are the chairs and directors of affiliated internationally acclaimed research centers. Participation in these centers would complement a student’s scholarship in the areas of international studies, women’s sport, Holocaust studies, public policy, global change, technology, music and the arts, law, environment, life sciences, and human rights (see Student Resources Directory). Special opportunities for graduate work at the University of Minnesota are further enriched by resources such as the Givens Collection of Rare Books on African American literature and history, the Social Welfare History Archives, the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, and the East Asian Library. Contact information for all of the centers, institutes, offices, and services mentioned in this guide is listed in the Directory of Student Resources.
Our interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes the interaction of social conditions such as class, ethnicity, race, sexualities, and national identity with gender. These interactions and their effects are examined in cultural productions such as media representations or colonialist paradigms in social systems and relations of power; in aspects of science such as genetics and new technologies; in epistemologies and philosophy; and in professional areas such as health care to public policy.
A colloquium component in our graduate program encourages lively academic exchange between doctoral and graduate minor students, faculty, and invited speakers. Combining interdisciplinary breadth and specific area concentrations, the Feminist Studies program at the University of Minnesota will prepare graduate students to respond productively to the demands that challenge feminist scholarship and the future development of Women's Studies as a field.
We have a twofold commitment to develop scholars who will:
We offer a wide variety of courses, including:
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Students can make use of: