Gender studies is an interdisciplinary minor program which aims to expand students’ understanding of femininity and masculinity, as well as the ways women and men 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. It can be combined with any of Centre’s major programs.
What Courses Will I Take?
The gender studies minor requires seven courses. It provides a solid background in the significant issues of gender studies scholarship, allows some exibility in tailoring the program, and enables you to synthesize these concepts with your major program(s). Only Introduction to Gender Studies (GNS 210) is required. The remaining six courses (18 credit hours) 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). Although enrollment in GNS 210 is recommended as soon as possible, courses can be taken in any order. Some of the courses fulfilling the gender studies minor have prerequisites, so taking these prerequisites early is also advisable.