New Online Minor
The WGS minor is now available in completely asynchronous, online format!
Students complete a minimum of 21 credits.
The minor pairs well with majors such as: Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Public and Nonprofit Administration, and Legal Studies.
The minor can help prepare students for careers in: health care, non-profits, government, law, higher education, business, journalism, and human services work with youth and adults.
Recent Event: Triota Ceremony and Alumni Panel
On March 20, 2023, WGS kicked off our celebration of 50 years of offering courses in Women’s Studies at GVSU. This event included the Induction of New Triota Honor Society Members, an Alumni Panel, and favors supporting women and minority-owned businesses.
Ricardo Benavidez is based at Ktisis Capital where he serves as a strategist, advisor, and project manager for a diverse mix of individuals and foundations and manages the Ktisis Capital communications portfolio. He also serves as strategist and communications director for the West Michigan Progress PAC and is on the adjunct faculty at Grand Valley State University, teaching courses on belonging and inclusive & visionary leadership. Ricardo’s public service work keeps him tied to his West Michigan roots. He currently serves as a Co-chair of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s LGBTQ Fund, was appointed by the mayor as Vice- Chair of the City of Grand Rapids’ Community Relations Commission, is the President of the board of directors at Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities, and Chairs the Student Senate team of the GVSU Alumni Champions program.
Terria L. Crank is a native of the westside of Detroit, MI and has a Bachelor of Science in Women & Gender studies with a minor in African American studies ‘16 and a Masters in Higher Education ‘20, both from Grand Valley State University. She is currently working on her Master of Divinity at Candler School of Theology at Emory University where her focus of study is the advancement and engagement of Black LGBTQ+ Folk in the church. Terria works at Michigan State University as the Student Engagement Coordinator for the Detroit M.A.D.E Scholars Program. In addition to working at a Big Ten University, she recently turned her passion project into a new business called “TeeCrankSpeaks”. Terria uses her student affairs background and personal experience as a first-generation college graduate to help students navigate all facets as they transition from high school into college as well as supporting current college students with personal, academic and professional development through her services of professional speaking, facilitation, and educational consulting. She is passionate about helping students turn their big picture goals into tangible outcomes and reality. Outside of her work and school, she enjoys traveling with her wife, Kambriana, and spending time with their furry best friend, MoMo.
Margie Muñoz is a clinical mental health counselor in Grand Rapids specializing in complex trauma in teens and adults. Margie was born in Colombia and grew up in Mexico and Germany before moving to the US in high school. As a third culture kid and Latina immigrant, Margie is interested in contributing to spaces that support others in existing as their whole, nuanced, selves. Margie graduated from GVSU in 2015 with a BA in WGS and Communication Studies.
WGS Department Overview
The study of women has been part of the GVSU curriculum since 1973 when courses were taught in the College of Arts and Sciences and in William James College. The minor in Women's Studies was approved in 1986 and the first Women's Studies minor graduated in 1988. In 1997, the program was significantly expanded to include the study of gender. Women and Gender Studies became a major in 2006. In fall of 2013, a new minor in LGBTQ Studies was launched. With the study of sexuality added to curriculum, the program name was changed to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS) in 2015. The WGS Department is housed in the Brooks School of Interdisciplinary Studies.
As part of our commitment to sustainability, WGS decided to highlight Chica Bean Coffee which empowers women through economic, educational, and practical support. Chica Bean coffee is produced and roasted by women using eco-friendly practices in rural Guatemala. Their practices allow them to deliver amazing coffee while the producers are paid just prices that benefit the entire community. Check out more about Chica Bean here!
Continuing with our commitment to sustainability, we are also highlighting GentleDaisySoapCo which is a local, women-owned business. GentleDaisySoapCo produces handmade soaps, candles, and more. Check out more about GentleDaisySoapCo here!