Gender Studies

What is gender? What does it mean to be a man or a woman? Why do some men and women answer these questions differently? The best way to attempt to answer such complex questions is to approach the subject from a wide range of viewpoints. Gender studies aims to expand students’ understanding of femininity and masculinity, as well as the ways people locate themselves within gendered systems.


Since gender is part biological fact and part social construction, students study it from a variety of social, cultural, literary, scientific, historical, and political viewpoints. This interdisciplinary exploration focuses on the intersection of gender with sex, race, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ethnic background, and religion.

In addition to promoting critical thinking across theoretical boundaries, gender studies prepares students to live and work effectively and respectfully in modern society. The minor is particularly appropriate for students planning to attend graduate school in gender studies, as well as those who wish to incorporate a gendered dimension into a professional career such as law, public policy, or business.


The gender studies minor requires seven courses. Only Introduction to Gender Studies is required. The remaining six courses can be selected from a range of classes in other disciplines but must include one course each in two of the three divisions—Humanities, Social Studies, and Science & Mathematics. The program provides a solid background in the significant issues of gender studies scholarship, allows some flexibility in tailoring the program, and enables you to synthesize these concepts with your major program(s).

Minor Requirements

Gender Studies Faculty

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Eva Cadavid

  • Paul L. Cantrell Associate Professor of Philosophy • Chair of Gender Studies Program

Chelsea Cutright

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies and Anthropology
Sara Egge

Sara Egge

  • Claude D. Pottinger Professor of History
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Nisha Gupta

  • Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Assistant Professor, Education, Philosophy, and Gender Studies
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Matthew Pierce

  • Associate Professor of Religion • Religion Program Chair

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