We are excited that you are interested in the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of Montana! The Women´s and Gender Studies Program at The University of Montana is at the forefront of interdisciplinary studies. The Program currently brings together undergraduate students and faculty from almost every discipline in the College of Arts and Sciences who have an interest in studies relating to women and gender. Women’s and Gender Studies encourages the production, discussion, and dissemination of knowledge about women's experiences, oppressions, and achievements in Montana, the United States, and the world. In the last decade this focus has broadened to include the study of gender, sex and sexualities. By fostering awareness of cultural and international diversity, as well as of the circulations of power mediated by race, class, age, and sexual orientation, Women’s and Gender Studies encourages students to think critically and to envision justice for all peoples.
Check out our new Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies.The focus of the Graduate Certificate is on intersectionality; students in the program explore links between their chosen field of study with an interdisciplinary approach that addresses questions of gender, race, and class. More>
Our program offers an undergraduate minor, an undergraduate major emphasis in the Liberal Studies department, and many graduate courses. We sponsor a number of campus events related to our mission, and we offer scholarships for students pursuing issues in women and gender studies (see the same link for the Louise Greene/Elizabeth Smith honorary awards).
Pictured above are photos from the Mansfield Library archives of the early days of the University of Montana.
From left to right:
The first two graduates of UM were:
Mrs. Ella Robb Glenny, BA 1898
Ms. Eloise Knowles (pictured above), PhB. Instructor in Drawing, 1898