Department of Women's and Gender Studies University of Missouri Department of Women's and Gender Studies

A message from our chair

Joan Hermsen
Department Chair

Are you curious about why gender matters? Do you see gender in your daily lives and wonder why it is organized the way it is?

Do you want guidance and mentoring as you develop your academic skills? Do you want an atmosphere that caters to your needs and interests? And that gets you into the "real world?"

Then check out courses and programs in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. You can learn more about us on this website, and join us on Facebook and our email listerv. Please contact me ( if you have questions about opportunities in the department. For specific questions about the graduate program, contact Mary Jo Neitz. For the undergraduate program, contact Rebecca Dingo.

This website will show you some of the benefits of a women's and gender studies specialization, minor, and course offerings. You will see our courses and requirements listed in the undergraduate and graduate programs. You can find information about our faculty – their specialty areas and teaching interests. News and events also gives you a sense of our activities.

Your studies in the department of women's and gender studies will take you around the world, to the past and present, to home, to campus, and to your own lives. You will meet professors who are trained in an array of fields and take classes with students from across the university who are also trained in many disciplines. Imagine a class taught by an English professor with students from journalism, biology, sociology, psychology, and philosophy as well as women's and gender studies.

The diversity in our courses adds a level of excitement, exchange, and debate that makes the experience unique. You won't get lost in our classes. Your learning as an individual and your own perspectives and training are central to our course work. Learning from experts in the vast array of feminist studies, combining the knowledge base of a diverse student body, and having the opportunity to get to know your professors will make your experience in the department memorable.

We have been offering courses since 1971, and became one of the first women's and gender studies programs in the nation in 1980. We became a department in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2007. So we are both old and new.

More then anything we are looking ahead to create an innovative, exciting, and fascinating experience for undergraduate and graduate students. Do you want to do an internship on women and media in Buenos Aires? Do you want to get course credit for working at the domestic violence center? Many of our faculty members have experience with research around the world while some are producing knowledge closer to home. Undergraduate and graduate students have developed student groups: some devoted to activism, some to scholarship, and some to professional development. Getting "real life" experience—through research and direct experience—is one of the unique opportunities you'll get from participating in our department.


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