Students and Faculty gather around the Peace Pole near the Luther Bell. The pole was created after the events on 9/11 in 2001. The pole is inscribed with "May Peace Prevail On Earth", written in various languages representing the diverse international students on campus at that time.
The women and gender studies program at Luther is incredibly diverse and interdisciplinary. Many of the courses overlap with sociology, psychology, anthropology, literature, and religion found all over the world. The program has helped me develop a wide feminist lens through which I can view many topics. Through this program, I have found my true passion in studying gender and the contributions of women to the world.
— Megan Geyer
The integration of knowledge is one of the goals of the liberal arts. For many scholars in the last 20 years, the study of women’s experiences and gender has provided one such integrative principle.
The women and gender studies program allows male and female students to take a number of courses in a variety of disciplines that deal with the experiences of women and/or focus on gender.
Besides acquainting themselves with scholarship done on gender, students will be asked to reflect upon the kinds of questions such scholarship asks and the implications of such scholarship for their fields of study and social interaction.
Goals of WGST:
The WGST program seeks to foster critical analyses of gender. Through courses that investigate the intersections of sex, gender, sexuality, race, age, ability, and class across the disciplines, Women and Gender Studies prepares students to be critical advocates, activists, scholars, and educators for social justice in a variety of professions.