Apr 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalogue 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gender Studies Minor

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The minor in Gender Studies gives students the tools to analyze how social understandings of masculinity and femininity affect society, politics, economics, and identity. Recognizing the centrality of concepts of gender to many disciplines, the interdisciplinary minor requires work in multiple departments and encourages the application of classroom work to real life contexts through service learning and internships. Gender Studies aims to provide its students with a critical framework in which the analysis of gender and all it entails can be imaginatively and empathetically applied to students’ public and private lives.

Minor requirements include:

  1. Students must take five courses to fulfill the interdisciplinary minor in Gender Studies.
  2. At least three of the five courses must be outside their major.
  3. Courses must cover at least three different academic disciplines.
  4. Students who wish can count an internship or service learning experience specifically focused on gender as one of their five courses. This requires advance planning and conversation with the coordinator of the interdisciplinary minor, and an academic paper.
  5. Students who write a course paper or thesis that is specifically focused on gender may submit that paper for review by the Gender Studies Committee for acceptance toward one of their five courses even if that course that is not listed as a Gender Studies course.
  6. Students are eligible to select participation in the Gender Studies interdisciplinary minor at any time. They must, however, register with the minor director by end of the drop add period in the fall of their senior year. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 at the time they register.
  7. Students need to complete all five courses by the end of their senior year and they must achieve at least a 2.00 grade point average for the courses presented for the interdisciplinary minor.

Approved courses:

Approved courses include those below and any additional courses approved by the Director of the Minor. Please be aware that some courses, such as PY 203 (Adolescent Psychology) are not pre-approved to count for GS can, in consultation with the instructor, be adapted so that they count for GS in individual instances.


Contact information: Gender Studies Director: Jennifer Thorn.

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