Women's Studies

SMSU established a Women's Studies Program in 1996. We offer a minor in Women's Studies.

The goal of the Women’s Studies minor is to enrich students’ understanding of women’s roles and the influence of gender in society by examining these subjects through a variety of perspectives and disciplines. The strength of the minor lies in a multidisciplinary framework that enables students to make connections and draw comparisons both within the United States and globally.

Course Descriptions


The Political Science Program awards a small number of scholarships ranging from $500-2,000 annually on the basis of merit. Incoming freshmen, transfer students, and current political science majors are eligible. Incoming students may also apply for a variety of academic and leadership scholarships through the Office of Admission. Criteria for these awards include grade point average, class ranking, ACT scores, and evidence of leadership potential.


Women's Studies Program

BA 106, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street * Marshall, MN 56258


The Academic Commons is a study center located in IL 224. Students are invited to study, meet friends, and seek assistance with coursework.

Our Mission is to create enhanced opportunities for learning by bringing an array of student academic support services together in a central, visible, and academically-identified location to facilitate seamless access to services for SMSU students and education resources for the wider community.


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  • Rank in the upper half of graduating class
  • or
  • Score a composite of 21 or above on the ACT or 990 on the SAT

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