2013–2014 Gender Studies (GNDR)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty:Bonnie Baxter, Carolyn Connell, Sean Desilets, Georgiana Donavin, Scott Gust, Elree Harris, Fatima Mujcinovic, Bridget Newell, Jeff Nichols, Kristjane Nordmeyer, Michael Popich, Natasha Sajé, Gretchen Siegler, Kim Zarkin

Program Goals


The interdisciplinary minor in gender studies provides students with the opportunity to understand and critically analyze the impact gender has on individuals and society. Some courses focus exclusively on women or on men, while others focus on broader issues relevant to both women and men. The minor is based on an inclusive framework that encourages and supports an emphasis on issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, and culture.

The minor is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of themselves and the world in which they live; sharpen critical thinking skills; and prepare for careers in business, industry, government, and academic settings.

Program Requirements

The minor requires students to complete twenty-four credit hours of Gender Studies courses, many of which are crosslisted with courses offered in other disciplines including COMM, ENGL, HIST, MATH, PHIL, PSYC, and SOC. The final requirement is the senior project or thesis; students who must complete a senior project or thesis for their major may undertake one thesis or project that will count for both requirements. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.3 in all Gender Studies courses.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Gender Studies minor:

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 7  
GNDR 100 Introduction to Gender Studies (4)    
GNDR 400 Senior Project/Thesis (3)   Completion of 20 hours of Gender Studies, see course description
II. Elective Courses 16–17  
GNDR 300 Special Topics (offerings vary)   GNDR 100 (LE)
GNDR 319 American Women’s History (3)—offered alternate years    
GNDR 335 Psychology of Women (4)   PSYC 105 (LE) or SOC 105(LE)
GNDR 339 Queer Theory (4)    
GNDR 345 Human Sexuality (4)    
GNDR 350 Gender in Society (4)    
GNDR 360 Race, Gender, Class and the Media (3)    
GNDR 440 Internship (1–4)   junior/senior standing, see course description