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Gender StudiesGender Studies seeks to balance theory and activism, the personal and the political, the local and the global, and the classroom and the community. The Gender Studies Program specifically emphasizes:

  1. Providing students with the theoretical and methodological tools to analyze gender within their chosen disciplines.
  2. Providing a learner-centered education in which critical thinking, student involvement, and personal insight are encouraged and made relevant to the learning process. 
  3. Empowering students to critically and creatively apply an analysis of gender to their personal, family, educational, professional, and civic roles. 
  4. Providing innovative and collaborative study, teaching, and service that promote new knowledge and socially responsible interactions with the world.

The Gender Studies Program is inclusive and welcomes students from all academic disciplines.

We invite you to consider a major, minor, or certificate in Gender Studies. The certificate may be acquired as a stand-alone academic achievement or may accompany another degree.

Contact Information:  

Georgia Wheatley
Program Director
(307) 268-2700
BU 210

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The career and/or academic opportunities for Gender Studies graduates are rich and diverse. Graduates may work in the following fields:

  • Advocacy of all kinds
  • Communication
  • Employment and training
  • Support service for survivors of violence and abuse
  • Politics
  • Social Research in a wide variety of fields
  • Reproductive rights and health
  • Law enforcement and policy
  • Administration or management

Graduates may also choose to complete their bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies and continue on to graduate school. Gender Studies graduates may attain graduate degrees in academic fields such as anthropology, art, communication, economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.

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CASPER COLLEGE SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS & HUMANITIES~ GENDER STUDIES DEPARTMENT

 The Gender Studies Department is an interdisciplinary community of faculty committed to a transformative analysis of gender as it intersects class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, nationality, and transnationality. Gender Studies courses provide an academic forum for the study of these intersections within historical, economic, political, social, and cultural contexts.

  • Dana Boe
    • Phone: (307) 268-2015
    • Office: WT 101A
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  • Ruth Doyle
    • Phone: (307) 268-2516
    • Office: PS 342
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  • Jessica Hurless
    • Phone: (307) 268-2660
    • Office: KT 147
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  • Valerie Innella
    • Phone: (307) 268-2060
    • Office: VA 128
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  • Laurie Lye
    • Phone: (307) 268-2639
    • Office: BU 126
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  • Barbara Mueller
    • Phone: (307) 268-2517
    • Office: PS 335
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  • Linda Ryan
    • Phone: (307) 268-2671
    • Office: VA 105
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  • Georgia Wheatley
    • Phone: (307) 268-2700
    • Office: BU 210
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Associate of Arts degree Gender Studies Certificate
  • The Certificate is intended to provide an area of specialization for an associated degree or certificate, for workforce development, or for employment within the possible areas of advocacy, communication, employment training, support services, politics, social research, reproductive rights and health, law enforcement and policy, administration, management. The following courses are required (16-18 credits):

    • CO/M 2135 Gender, Communication and Culture (3 credits)
    • GNDR 1000 Introduction to Gender Studies (3 credits)
    • GNDR 2000 Gender Studies Service Learning (1-3 credits)
    • PSYC 2060 Psychology of Gender (3 credits)
    • WMST 1080 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 credits)
    • WMST 2040 History of Women in America (3 credits)

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CO/M 2135 Gender, Communication and Culture (3L,3CR):
This course provides both a theoretical and real-life view, for both genders, on how our communication in work, school, social and relationship settings help shape and design our gender constructs

ENGL 2270 Modern Women Writers (3L,3CR):
An introductory level course, which will focus on women writers of the late 19th century and of the 20th century. Works by earlier writers demonstrate the traditional roles of women in society as well as questions about and challenges to those roles, while works written since the middle of the 20th century image women in a changing society. These works are the background to contemporary literature which presents positive and powerful images of women as recent writers revision traditional roles and envision new realities for women and for society. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

GNDR 1000 Introduction to Gender Studies [CH][D] (3L,3CR)
This course is an introduction to the study of gender as a category for social and cultural analysis. We will study the intersections of gender, class, race/ethnicity, nationality, age and sexuality and will examine how those intersections shape our experiences, our culture, and the social institutions we inhabit. This course is a survey of gender construction and will use critical theory to examine gender within the areas of social institutions, literature, history, visual art, film, biological theories, psychology, and popular culture.

GNDR 2000 Gender Studies Service Learning (.5L-1L, 1-4LB,1-3CR)
This course will provide students with the opportunity to apply their theoretical understanding of gender studies to practical and concrete situations in their community settings. Students will work in a variety of agencies including educational, political, and/or social service agencies; students will choose their site according to their interests and according to faculty recommendations. In addition to the on-site experience, students will meet regularly with the faculty and their classmates to share and analyze their service-learning experience and to engage in critical reflection about gender theory. This course may be repeated for a maximum of three credit hours.
Prerequisite: WMST 1080, GNDR 1000, PSYC 2060 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 2060 Psychology of Gender (3L,3CR):
This course provides students with an opportunity to explore human behavior from a gender perspective. The study of gender has generated controversy and historically, psychologists focused on discovering differences between women and men. The feminist movement has shifted the focus to the lived experiences
of women which include the social construction of institutions, race/ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, and other categories of difference.

WMST 1080 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3L,3CR)[E][CH][D]:
A discussion of issues central to women’s studies: the psychology, sociology and acculturation of women, and women’s contributions to and influence on society, culture, work, and the arts.

WMST 2040 History of Women in America (3L,3CR):
Examine women’s history, the activities and circumstances specific to women in America, and their contributions, influences, and significance. Prerequisite:
ENGL 1010, (or concurrent enrollment) or permission of the instructor.

WMST 2480 Directed Special Projects (1-3L,1-3CR) (Max. 3):
Research project designed by student in consultation with instructor from the women’s studies department, and with approval of the director of women’s studies. Prerequisite: WMST 1080 and permission of the instructor.

Humanities Festival:
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WMST 2490 Topics: Gender and Context: Victorian Women Travelers

A PALMIST read my hand one day, and said, "You will live to be one hundred years old. You will not die from drowning." Thinking the prophecy over as I loitered up Market Street, in San Francisco, in the early spring of 1899, a friend accosted me, and asked me what weighty problem was racking my brain. Repeating what the palmist had told me, I said, "It is no puzzle, but a positive duty had been forced upon me to get ready for my centennial birthday. I was going to store up for future contingencies; to prepare for the time when I could do nothing but meditate. Consequently, I am going to travel to the Old World.”
From Backsheesh, A Woman’s Wanderings
by Nellie Beckman (Mrs. William Beckman), 1900

This course was a study of context, comparing personal travel to “the travel tales of women who first transformed themselves into travelers and then transformed their travel into autobiographical, political, and cultural occasions.”

Students traveled to Prague and Vienna during Spring Break 2009. While the external travel circumstances were distinctly different: airplanes, fast trains, trams, and metros, money and museums, the internal experiences were deeply similar. The Victorian women and the modern travelers sought the same experiences: freedom, art, architecture, music, good food, entertainment, gardens, culture, excellent coffee, and natural beauty. We were more alike than different.

Most of us. … cast longing eyes at the door marked with the magical word " Europe," and it has opened freely enough when the husband said the "Open, sesame;" it is only of late years that women have made the amazing discovery that they can say it themselves with like success, but it is well to keep the hinges well oiled, and the rubbish cleared away from the threshold. When my turn came, I felt as if I had been taken into a high mountain and been promised all the kingdoms of the earth, and had at once accepted the offer.
From Beaten Paths or A Woman’s Vacation
by Ella W. Thompson, 1889
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View from the St. Charles Bridge in Prague Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna View of Prague from the Hradchin Class members in Prague
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  • BUSABOUT
    • For students who are traveling independently to Europe, WMST 2490 is offered as a distance education course through the Casper College Busabout program. See the article in the Fall 2008 Footprints magazine for more information.

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The School of Fine Arts and Humanities consists of six departments: English & Literature, Gender Studies, Music, Theatre & Dance, Visual Arts and World Languages. Each department focuses on a specialized area of Fine Arts and Humanities and each has a region-wide reputation for excellence.

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