The Women’s, Gender, and Ethnic Studies major provides students with the historical and theoretical frameworks of gender, race, class, sexual identity, status, settler colonialism, and anti-oppression work.

Why Saint Martin's

Students of Saint Martin's University will use disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge including intersectional feminist theory, queer theory, and critical race theory that deconstruct traditional hierarchical scholarship and provides new ways of knowing. All courses within the major ask students to think critically and confront issues of power, oppression, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism and sexism. 

 

  • Through feminist, gender, and queer theories, these courses interrogate western paradigm, knowledge, values, and assumptions on gender, identity, race and ethnicity.

  • The major centers on the issues, experiences, perspectives, narratives, and voices surrounding women, gender, LGBTQ+ communities, and American racial and ethnic groups.

  • Allows students to explore interconnectedness, deepen the understanding of themselves and humanity, and apply restorative justice values and social justice competencies to address sexism, racism and oppression.​

  • Lead by faculty with a commitment to personal and professional social justice, anti-oppression, and equity work.

  • Utilizes inclusive teaching and learning practices such as Universal Design for Learning.​

Feminist and Sexuality Studies Concentration 

This concentration is for WGE majors.  It focuses on a wide range of feminist and LGBTQI* perspectives. Students will explore a variety of theories including feminist paradigms, critical theory, gender theory, and queer theory. Students will practice analysis and synthesis within their writing, critical thinking, and synthesis of material.

Race and Ethnic Studies Concentration

This concentration is for WGE majors.  It focuses on a wide range of race and ethnic studies perspectives. Students will explore a variety of theories including Critical Race Theory paradigms, deconstructionist theory, intersectionality, and other Race theories. Students will practice analysis and synthesis within their writing, critical thinking, and synthesis of material.  

Required Lower Division Course (12):​

  • WGES200 Intro to Feminist & Identity Studies ​
  • WGES210 Introduction to the Study of Race and Ethnicity​
  • WGES Research Methods for Social Identities​
  • WGES Contemporary issues in WGES Theory​

Required Upper Division Courses (12 credits):​

  • WGES Advanced Critical Race Theory​
  • WGES Gender, Sex, and Feminist Theory​
  • WGES  Methods and Competencies on Anti-Racism, Oppression, and Intersectionality​
  • WGES499 Culminating Project​

 

Concentration Electives (12 credits):

Feminist & Sexuality Studies Concentration:

  • COM201 Communication and Identity​
  • COM320 Media and Culture​
  • CRJ 395 ST: Race, Gender, and Class in Criminal Justice​
  • ENG 350 Gender and sexuality in literature​
  • GIS 250 Men and Masculinities​
  • GIS 350 Queer Theory​
  • GIS 375 Gender and Pop Culture​
  • GIS 295/395 Special Topics in Gender and Identity Studies​
  • HIS 305 History of American Women​
  • HIS 319 American Working Class History​
  • PLS 360 Gender and Global Politics|​
  • PSY375 Multicultural Psychology​
  • PSY 385 Psychology of Gender​
  • SJ 110 Introduction to Social Justice​
  • SJ 301 Social Justice in Literature​
  • SJ 310 Social Justice in Film​
  • SOC 333 Women, Culture and Society

Race & Ethnic Studies Concentration​:

  • PSY375   Multicultural Psychology​
  • SJ310     Social Justice in Film​
  • HIS435   History of Struggles for Justice​
  • HIS360   History of American Slavery​
  • SOC370   Social Action: Activism​
  • SOC302   Sex, Race, and Disability​
  • PSY375   Multicultural Psychology​
  • LS101     Court, the Legal Environment and Ethics​
  • HIS370     History of American Immigration​
  • HIS413     History of Modern Africa​
  • PLS363    Race and American Politics​
  • ENG345   Literature, Race, and Ethnicity​
  • COM201  Communication and Identity​
  • COM317  Language and Culture of the PNW Food and Culture​
  • COM385  Conflict and Peace Studies​
  • COM398   Media History-Native Film​
  • GE359      Professional Ethics, Legal Issues  and Applied Economics in Contemporary Society​
  • RES295/RES395: Special Topics​

Who to Contact

Keri Graham, M.A.

Keri Graham, M.A.

Instructor, gender and identity studies
Gender and Identity Studies Program Advisor,

Faculty