Gender & Women's Studies

Program Details

Majoring in Gender and Women's Studies gives you an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the complex arrangements that define human societies. You'll analyze issues regarding injustice, oppression, race, gender, and culture from American and global perspectives.

You will assemble the skill set of the future while following a pathway to a wiser understanding of yourself, the people you know and love, and the worlds of people all around you.

Gender and Women's Studies delivers a liberal arts education based on critical thinking and superb communication skills in both writing and presentation, exactly the qualities employers need in the modern workforce.

Gender & Women's Studies at Inver Hills

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Transfer Information

The A.A. with Emphasis in Gender and Women's Studies at Inver Hills has articulation agreements with the following four-year institutions:

Student Clubs

LGBT+ Club

Purpose: To foster an atmosphere of acceptance and tolerance of diversity in sexual orientation, to combat homophobia, discrimination, and harassment to create a place of support, respect, pride, and safety for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) members, and their supporters.


Amy Zsohar, PhD
Communications Studies Faculty
LGBT+ Club Faculty Advisor

Gender and Women's Studies at Inver Hills Adds Up

What you’ll accomplish as a student in our GWS program:

  1. Work directly with knowledgeable, student-centric GWS faculty
  2. Get experience understanding and finding solutions to complex social issues important to people across the gender spectrum
  3. Enhance your comprehension of contemporary social issues
  4. Maximize your understanding of diversity in gender, sexuality, race, culture, and class
  5. Amplify your insights into reasons and solutions for injustice and oppression
  6. Augment your ability to analyze inequities and initiate change
  7. Become a more socially, culturally, and intellectually responsible individual
  8. Benefit from small class sizes and collaborating with likeminded classmates
  9. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt

According to U.S. News & World Report, national student loan debt topped $1.7 trillion in the second quarter of 2021, or roughly $740 billion more than U.S. total credit card debt.

In Minnesota, 900,000 student loan borrowers owe an average $31,250 in federal and private student debt. That debt translates into an average monthly payment topping $250. 

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,500. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000+ at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver Hills getting a topflight, hands-on education from knowledgeable, caring and experienced faculty and then transfer to a four-year school as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars.