Gender Studies

School of Arts and Sciences


Gender studies is the exploration of issues and ideas related to all aspects of gender, including the social construction of gender, masculinity, intersectionality, and the women's rights movement. Gender studies is interdisciplinary, drawing on the work from many other academic disciplines including sociology, psychology, political science, history, philosophy, and English.

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that has produced some of the most influential and groundbreaking cultural theory. Most of gender studies scholarship engages cross-cultural approaches to gender and explores how gender intersects with class, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

Key Benefits

  • The opportunity to understand and analyze critically the impact of sex and gender on individuals, communities, and societies.
  • Many classes are cross-listed with other disciplines, such as biology, communications, English, history, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, religion, and sociology.

Other Gender Studies Programs

The Gender Studies program offers an interdisciplinary minor. The minor is designed to complete classes that are cross-listed with other disciplines, including Communications, English, History, Math, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology.

About the Program

What You'll Learn

While integrating the examination of gender with various fields of study, the minor features different theories of feminist and masculinity studies. 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.

Topics You'll Study

  • Gender and Power
  • Sex and Sexuality
  • Marriage and Family
  • Love and Relationships
  • Representations of Gender in the Media
  • Gender and Education
  • Gender in the Workplace
  • Men and Feminism
  • Prostitution and Pornography
  • The Body and Gender
  • Economic Development and Gender
  • Gender and Physical and Mental Health
  • Gender in Scientific Research

A final requirement is a senior project or thesis.

Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

The Gender Studies minor is designed to help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself and the world in which you live, sharpen your critical thinking skills, and prepare you for careers in business, industry, government, academic settings, or any career and personal pursuit.

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