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Educational Programs

Women's Studies


Program description

MCTC's Women's Studies program will help you examine the world from the perspectives of ethnically diverse women and become an agent of positive change for women and their communities. Women’s Studies offers tools for academic problem solving in a woman-focused, feminist style as practiced in psychology, history, art, culture and science.

Program start and location

You may enroll in the Women’s Studies program in fall or spring semester. Classes are held on the MCTC campus.

Degree options and requirements

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

What you will learn

  • You will study gender in its relationships with race, class, ethnicity and sexuality.
  • You will listen to unique voices in a diverse city.
  • You will learn to challenge stereotypes and consider the universal identities women may share.
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  • Coursework will be feminist in context and philosophy, as courses are designed to value and affirm cultural diversity, widen women’s access to the institutions in a democratic society and empower women to become leaders in building strong communities.
  • You will learn to use research to obtain the information you need- whether related to politics or the arts.
  • The Women’s Studies program will expose you to one class in each of the liberal arts and fulfill elective requirements in several degree programs.
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Points of pride

  • This program was the forerunner for similar programs in the state.
  • Many classes are attended by multiple generations of families: grandmothers, mothers and daughters.
  • You will gain a sense of personal empowerment that opens educational doors and gives you career confidence.
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  • Women’s Studies faculty members are dynamic and experienced instructors from diverse backgrounds.
  • MCTC’s diverse student body gives you a valuable, first-hand exposure to women’s issues in non-first world countries.
  • You will take part in many important and rewarding community and service learning opportunities.
  • Men are welcomed to this program and there are many male students.
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Where you could work

  • Environment and health resource centers such as Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Melpomene and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade.
  • Social service centers such as Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter and the Sexual Violence Center.
  • Advocacy groups such as Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.
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  • Cultural resource organizations such as Black, Indian, Hispanic and Asian Women in Action; the Indian Women’s Resource Center.
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Potential job titles

  • Archivist
  • Human rights advocate
  • Journalist
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  • Legislative aide
  • Rape crisis program director
  • Union organizer
  • Victims' advocate
  • Administrative Officer/Govt.
  • Advocate for Social Groups
  • Consultant
  • Editor
  • Educational Developer
  • Grant Writer
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Researcher
  • Museum Exhibit Developer
  • Manager/Administrator
  • Politician
  • Professor/Teacher
  • Public Relations
  • Researcher
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Occupational outlook

A background in Women’s studies provides a steppingstone to a variety of career paths. You may choose to continue your studies at a 4-year institution, or pursue work at educational institutions, non-profits and more.

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities 

During the program, you will have the chance to participate with faculty and other students in the International Women’s Day Conference at the University of Minnesota.

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Women’s Studies students have conducted research on a variety of gender topics, including a comparison of breast cancer rates for women in different countries and environments.

Women’s Studies students are actively engaged in the community and the world at large. They take part in many service-learning projects throughout the year, and many participate in the groups Sisters for Social Justice and Brothers for Social Justice. Two eco-feminism projects recently initiated by students include a recycling program in Kenya and a community garden in the Twin Cities.

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This program is part of the School of Liberal Arts and Cultures.

Additional resources

Liberal Arts / General Education

MCTC's Liberal Arts and General Education courses and programs are ideal for satisfying requirements and for transferring to other four-year institutions.

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