The gender studies minor examines how gender roles are created from the building blocks of nature and culture. That is, while gender is in part a biological fact, it is also in part a social construction. This complex balance is reflected in the interdisciplinary nature of the gender studies minor at Centre. The program aims to expand students' understanding of and appreciation for the biological, social, and cultural constructions of masculinity and femininity, as well as the ways women and men locate themselves within gendered systems. In the gender studies curriculum, students learn how the applications of a gendered lens has challenged traditional historical and cultural assumptions about the nature of social life, while also gaining an extensive knowledge of the scholarship on the topic. Gender studies courses emphasize critical thinking, and the development of strong speaking and writing skills.
No major is offered in gender studies.