Gender Studies

Gender Studies developed from the desire to investigate the numerous ways gender shapes bodies, identities, interactions, language, knowledge, institutions, and the world around us. Gender Studies is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural by design, incorporating insights from the social sciences, humanities, arts, and natural sciences. Drawing on the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological tools of these diverse disciplines, Gender Studies explores the relationships between gender and other categories of difference such as race, class, sexuality, nation, religion, ability, and species. Essential to the program are efforts to examine the production of knowledge, interrogate systems of power, privilege, and inequality, as well as explore the individual and collective forms of resistance and social activism that occur to bring about social justice. Gender Studies offer students not only a diverse set of perspectives and skills but also the initiative to eradicate social inequality from the local to transnational.

Gender Studies Minor 

SO 200Introduction to Gender Studies3
SO 300Introduction to Feminist Theories3
SO 310Sociology of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality3
Independent Study in Gender Studies1
Independent Study
Select 3 electives:9
Business & Society
Diversity and the Criminal Justice System
Sex Offenders
Women and Crime
Human Relations
Writing And Gender Studies
Introduction to Literature and Gender
Introduction to LGBTQ Literature
Women In the Third World
Women's Health
Men's Health
20th Century American History of Race and Gender
Psychology of the Middle School Student
Adolescent Psychology
Critical Perspectives in Sport and Physical Activity
Marriage and Family
Social Inequalities
Global Race Relations
Human Sexuality
Diversity in America
Total Hours19

Academic Requirements

Of the 3 electives, 2 must be a 200 designation or higher and they must all be from different programs. No more than one course from other institutions or study abroad programs may be transferred toward the minor. Minors are encouraged to include a gender-related Winter term course in their course of study. Students must earn at least a C in all courses applied to the minor.