Gender Studies Minor

Gender Studies Institute


Gender Studies Minor

The Gender Studies Minor is open to all majors. It is a multidisciplinary program that integrates diverse perspectives. The minor critically applies feminist/ womanist/masculinities scholarship to an understanding of social justice and personal wholeness.

The minor is recommended for all students wishing to explore issues related to gender, as it intersects with race, ethnicity, class, culture, religion, sexuality, and dis/ability across traditional academic boundaries. The objective of the program is to explore gendered experiences from historical, cultural, and multi-disciplinary perspectives as a part of the Gender Studies Institute initiative. Attention will be paid to existing and emerging gender-based debates in relation to the Christian faith.


The minor requires 24 semester hours with a minimum of 12 semester hours at the 300 or 400 level, and no more than 12 semester hours from any one discipline.

All the courses in the minor contain at least 50 percent Gender Studies content.

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Gender issues cross the boundaries of many academic disciplines, including Education, History, Linguistics and Communication, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology. In this way, the Gender Studies minor course list represents its multi-disciplinary focus, specifically its objectives of studying and understanding current thought of gender relations in and through a variety of fields, and analyzing a wide variety of gender issues in an assortment of contexts for the purpose of applying a sophisticated gender awareness in both one’s personal life and career.

Upon the completion of the Gender Studies minor, students will be able to:

  • engage critically current thought on gender relations in a variety of fields;
  • apply sophisticated gender awareness in both academic and non-academic contexts; and
  • analyze issues of gender from a range of ideological perspectives and textual frameworks, paying particular attention to the distinct way in which Christian perspectives inform and contribute to the field of Gender Studies

This multidisciplinary minor will be applicable to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree programs.

Potential Careers

A gender studies minor helps students understand the role of gender, its structural framework in different contexts, and consider what gender means in the human experience.

Students with knowledge of gender studies can find careers in:

  • Family services
  • Human rights organizations
  • Gender advocacy
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Social services
  • Government
  • Missions
  • Education