Gender Studies

The University of Utah Gender Studies Program offers a space for the study of the interactions of gender with race, class, sexual orientation, and nationality; curricula that address men’s lives, masculinity, and the lives of people who identify as a part of the LGBTQ+ community; and a wide range of feminist thought and practices.


For questions, contact:
Kim Hackford-Peer
Associate Chair of Gender Studies


Students who major in Gender Studies can choose to pursue either a BS or a BA, or an Honors BS or BA. The major consists of 30 credit hours broken down in the following requirements: an introduction to Gender Studies course, two core courses (GNDR 3900 and GNDR 3100), two Advanced Theory courses, two Disciplinary Seminar courses, and three Electives from within the Gender Studies curriculum.

Gender Studies, B.A.
Gender Studies, B.S.



Students who minor in Gender Studies will complete a total of 21 credit hours of coursework. It is broken down in the following requirements: an introduction to Gender Studies course, two core courses (GNDR 3900 and GNDR 3100), one Advanced Theory course, one Disciplinary Seminar course, and two Electives from within the Gender Studies curriculum.

Gender Studies Minor


Graduate Certificate

Students pursuing the Gradate Certificate in Gender Studies will complete a total of 15 credit hours. There are two core required classes required for the certificate: GNDR 6500 (Debates in Gender Studies – taught every fall) and GNDR 6700 (an Interdisciplinary Seminar on Gender and Sexuality Studies – taught every spring). The other nine credit hours are fulfilled through one elective course within Gender Studies and two more elective courses that can be taken either through the student’s home department, Gender Studies, or another department (all electives must be approved by the Gender Studies Advisor).

Gender Studies Graduate Certificate



Courses are available to all students pursing any major. For questions, contact:
Kim Hackford-Peer
Associate Chair of Gender Studies

GNDR 1100: Gender and Social Change

Fulfill your DV requirement by taking GNDR 1100 – Gender and Social Change – in your first year at the U! In this class you will learn about foundational concepts, vocabulary, theories, historical and current events, and people dedicated to working against oppression. The class is small so you’ll get to know your classmates and your instructor, while having ample opportunities to develop and share your ideas in small groups, activities, written work, and in large group discussions.

GNDR 3100: Medusas & Manifestos

Fulfill your CW requirement by taking GNDR 3100 – Medusas & Manifestos. In this class you will learn about various approaches that people engaged in anti-oppression work take to get their ideas out to different audiences. You’ll read from a variety of genres in order to think about the communication and writing process.  You’ll think about what the phrase “the personal is political” means to you and then construct, perform, and then analyze your own presentation around this theme. You’ll dig into a current debate about something in the field that you’re interested, research the rhetorical strategies of people who are moving the debate forward, and then make your own contribution to the debate. The class is small so you’ll get to know your classmates and your instructor well and you will have many opportunities to get feedback to hone your skills!

GNDR 3635: The Price of Gender

Fulfill your QI requirement by taking GNDR 3635 – The Price of Gender. This class is designed with the intention of supporting students to become better consumers of quantitative data… so you feel confident to actually engage with the charts and graphs and make your own opinions before reading what the author says rather than just trusting the author to tell you what to think! You’ll also learn basic skills so that you can gather, analyze, and present your own data. The class is designed to be a great fit for people who are nervous about working with numbers as well as those who love to work with numbers.

Activism and Community Engagement

Put your classroom learning to work in the community through:
  1. Coursework
  2. Student organizations
  3. Internships opportunities


You can take one community engaged learning course or focus on community engagement as a pathway through the Gender Studies Major and Minor.

Introductory Course

Gender Justice Scholars semester 1 (GNDR 2500)

This course can fulfill your Introductory Course requirement for the Gender Studies Major or Minor

Advanced Theory Course

Gender Theory and Community Organizing (GNDR 5960 001)

This course can fulfill one of two required Advanced Theory Courses for the Gender Studies Major or your one required Advanced Theory Course for the Gender Studies Minor.

Disciplinary Seminars

The following two courses can fulfill the two required Disciplinary Courses for Gender Studies Majors:

Girls’ Lives (Fall: GNDR 3400/5960 003)
Gender on the Hill (Spring: GNDR 5960 002)


Gender Studies Majors are required to take 3 Gender Studies Elective courses. Minors take 1 Elective course plus Additional Hours courses. The following 2 courses can be used to meet Elective or Additional Hours courses.

Gender Justice Scholars semester 2 (GNDR 3500)
Gender Studies Internships (Fall: GNDR 5960 002/Spring: GNDR 5960 003)

Student Organizations

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

AMWA helps support women premedical students, women medical students, and women physicians through their medical school career and beyond. Contact

Queer & Trans Students of Color (QTSOC)

The purpose of the Queer & Trans Students of Color student group is to provide a space for voices of intersecting identities of gender, sexuality and ethnicity. We promote a fluid development of our many intersecting identities through social justice, community building, critical thinking, creative expression and social justice.
QTSOC meets every 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 5:30 pm in the SED Student Lounge – Union 293

Women in Physics and Astronomy (WOMPA)

WomPA events provide opportunities for informal mentoring and sharing of resources, and also serve as forums for exchange of information and advice. We increase the visibility of women by highlighting important scientific contributions of local scientists and by participating in community outreach events targeted at encouraging young women in STEM fields. Formally, WomPA’s mission is to foster a sense of community among women in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, encourage networking and mentoring across disciplines and career stages, educate ourselves and others about issues important to the advancement of women in STEM fields, and increase the visibility of women in physics and astronomy. Learn more

Learn about more student groups

Internships Opportunities

Check back for more info on this soon!


Susie Porter

Chair, Gender Studies

Kim Hackford-Peer

Associate Chair, Gender Studies

Matt Basso

Associate Professor

Lisa Diamond


Sarita Gaytan

Assistant Professor

Claudia Geist

Assistant Professor

Ella Myers

Associate Professor

Wanda Pillow

Associate Professor

Cathleen Power

Community Engaged Learning Manager

Sarah Projansky


Angela Smith

Associate Professor


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