Gender Studies (minor)

Gender studies is a multidisciplinary minor that examines the role of gender in society. It considers both the biological and cultural origins of sex and gender differences and how those differences have structured a multitude of social and political institutions. The program also considers how issues of race, ethnicity, class, religion and sexual orientation interact with gender. Incorporating the fields of anthropology, art, biology, communication, economics, English, history, foreign languages, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies and sociology, the gender studies minor provides students with practical and theoretical tools for understanding gender relationships.

To qualify for a gender studies minor, students must take INTD 31400/38400: Masculinity, Femininity, and Culture. They must also complete additional gender studies courses for a total of 18 credit hours. The most common structure is to take five additional courses of 3-4 credit hours, but students can also take a range of 1-credit courses to complete part of the requirements. No more than three classes in any given discipline can count towards a gender studies minor (i.e. taking four classes in women’s history would only fulfill three gender studies course requirements).

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Sample Courses

  • Gender and Creativity (interdisciplinary)
  • Masculinity, Femininity and Culture (interdisciplinary)
  • Gender Communication (Communication)
  • Literary Perspectives on Women (English)
  • Seminar: Women in French Literature (French)
  • History of Gender and Sexuality in the U.S. (History)
  • Women in Music (Music)
  • Philosophy and Feminism (Philosophy)