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Women's and Gender Studies Minor


Mission Statement

The Women’s and Gender Studies minor uses an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender in culture and society and the achievements of women in the arts, literature, the sciences, and in other human endeavors. Attention is given to the historical, cross-cultural, and multicultural aspects of gender in the experiences of women and men. The WGST minor prepares TAMIU students to become future professionals, scholars, activists, and artists who engage critically with women’s, gender, and sexuality issues in multicultural and transnational contexts. 

Why Study Women's and Gender Studies?

The field of women's and gender studies analyzes the world around us in terms of gender, focusing on the issues that affect both men and women, as well as other gendered persons. These issues affect all of us in both our professional and personal lives. 

If you have ever wondered what feminism is and why people are scared of it, what it means to be queer, or why women have been discriminated against throughout history, then this field of inquiry is for you. Here we consider these questions, as well as many others, including how race and class affect women and queer people; the political ramifications of discrimination; as well as cultural and media representations of gender and sexuality.

To learn more, click the menu tabs at the top. We have our FAQs page, a link to the course catalog for the minor, as well as external links with more information about this vibrant and timely area of study.

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Core faculty in the minor

Dr. Klein on Campus

Dr. Ula Klein

Coordinator & Adviser for the Minor
Assistant Professor of English
Department of Humanities
Dr. Kathryn Klein on campus at TAMIU

Dr. kathryn Klein

Adviser for the Minor
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Department of Humanities

Contact Us


Call: 956-326-2642 OR 956-362-2470

Visit us: Humanities department office, 314 Pellegrino OR

WGST Minor adviser Dr. Ula Klein in 215C Pellegrino


Department of Humanities
5201 University Boulevard, Pellegrino Hall 314, Laredo, TX 78041-1900
Phone: 956-326-2470 Fax: 956-326-2469 E-mail: