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Undergraduate Minor in Gender Studies

What: The undergraduate minor in Gender Studies offers students an up-to-date, problem oriented understanding of gender. Our courses explore issues related to gender across academic disciplines. Our goal is to develop new approaches to knowledge about women, men, and gender-related issues and to transform traditional disciplines and fields of study.

Why: Masculinity and femininity, often referred to as gender, have evolved throughout history and are still evolving. Gender is subject to continual reinterpretation and wide cross-cultural variation. Therefore, studying gender is fascinating in itself and it provides important clues about fundamental characteristics within and across cultures. Gender Studies examines issues related to such areas as sexuality, the body, race and class, business and politics, health, developing societies, artistic movements, academic institutions and knowledge, sports and leisure, law, and the media.

How: An undergraduate minor in Gender Studies requires 15 credit hours of course work:

  • Three credit hours at the 100 level.
  • Three credit hours at the 200/300 level.
  • Six credit hours at the 300/400 level.
  • Three additional credit hours at the 400 level.
  • One course with an international/nonwestern emphasis (G215 or G410 recommended).

At least one course must fulfill the "nonwestern" requirement and focus on a culture or cultures other than that of the United States or modern Western Europe" (denoted by * above or approved substitution). With departmental permission, students may exercise the option of counting up to 3 credit hours at the 200 and/or 300 levels from relevant courses offered by other departments or programs. Courses are judged relevant if, in both their titles and their content, they substantially address gender-related issues or analysis.

Who: The undergraduate minor in Gender Studies provides a sound background for employment in a variety of occupations within the private sector, the professions, government, and the nonprofit sector. Depending on their majors, students with minors in Gender Studies go into human resource management, public relations, advertising, or the media. Others become academics, lawyers, doctors, journalists, social workers, or psychologists. Still others work in education, welfare administration, the arts, public administration, or international aid programs.