Gender Studies

Interdisciplinary Program Director: Patricia Bolanos

The study of gender is an important element in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences and natural sciences.  Gender Studies allows students and faculty to link the examination of gender across academic disciplines and examine the gender roles in lives of both men and women as well as the social construction of both masculinity and femininity. The program incorporates a variety of methodologies, theoretical approaches and an interdisciplinary framework to explore the social and biological construction of gender and sexuality.  Students who complete the Gender Studies major or minor will have worked with materials and methodologies from several academic disciplines in order to gain an understanding of how gender functions across cultures and in their own lives as it intersects with race, class, age, ethnicity, and sexuality.

Major (40 Credits)

A total of at least 40 credits, including:
1.  GEND 101, Introduction to Gender Studies (required)
2.  GEND 380, Approaches to Gender Theory (required)
3.  GEND 381, Sex and Gender in Global Perspectives (required)
4.  GEND 385, Senior Capstone in Gender Studies (required)
5.  Experiential Learning Component (0-4 credits)
6.  5-6 additional 4 credit courses (20-24 credits).

Elective courses must be selected from approves GEND cross-listed courses.  At least two of these  elective courses should be from Humanities/Fine Arts and at least two courses from Social Sciences/Natural Sciences. Of these 20-24 elective credits, at least four courses (16 credits), should be at the 300-level. No more than three courses that count toward another major can be applied to the GEND major.

Minor (24 Credits)

A total of at least 24 credits, including:

  1. GEND 101, Introduction to Gender Studies (required); 
  2. GEND 380, Approaches to Gender Theory (required);
  3. 4 additional elective courses.

At least 12 credits of the remaining 16 elective credits must be at the 300 level.  No more than 8 credits should be taken from the same department.

Courses currently approved for the Gender and Women’s Studies minor include the following:

ART 101  Arts, Aesthetics, and Culture
COMM 305 Women's Voices Before 1920
COMM 351 Gender and Communication
COMM 381 Rhetoric of Women
COMM 385A Love, Sex, Commitment & Communication
COMM385D Language, Gender & Culture
COMM 386/ENGL 386 Epistemology of Romance & Marriage
ECON 325 Political Economy of Race and Gender
ENGL 130  Reading Fiction:  Growing Up in Literature
ENGL 221C  Masterworks of World Literature
ENGL 355 Studies in Individual Authors: Olsen and Fitzgerald
ENGL 361  British Novel to 1900
ENGL 381 Literature by Women
ENGL 382 Race and Ethnicity in US Literatures
                      Women Writers of the Third World
                      Women and Power in Medieval Literature
ENGL 385E  South African Literature (Taught Abroad)
ENVR 225 Good, Gender and the Environment
ESSS 320  Gender and Sport
HIST 333 Gender and Society in Western Europe
HIST 361 American Women to 1920
HIST 362 American Women since 1920
HISP 349  Spanish Women Authors
HISP 355B  Tradition and Dissidence in Politics and Gender
                       Deceit & Desire in Contemporary Spanish Literature
HONR350/HUMN 300A  Reading Biblical Women
HUMN 223 Literary Traditions: Gender, Narrative Structure, and the Fairy Tale
JAPN 321A  Radical Fantasies:  Contemporary Japanese Women Writers
NUTR 300 Cultural and Social Aspects of Food
PCST 351 Women and Peace
PHIL 153 Philosophy and Gender
PHIL 325  Feminist Ethics
POLS 314 Feminist Political Theory
POLS 339 Gender and Public Policy
POLS 352 Global Gender Issues
PSYC 308 Psychology of Gender
PSYC 345 Human Sexuality
SOCI 229 Intimate Relationships
SOCI 319 Sex and Gender
SOCI 329 Family and Gender
THEO 307  Bible, Church and Gender
THEO 309 Sex & Renunciation in Early Christianity
                     Reading Biblical Women
THEO 329 Women's Theological Perspectives
THEO 339 Topics in Spirituality: Spirituality of Marriage and Family
THEO 349 Topics in Moral Theology: Women, Church and Society
Please consult the program’s website ( for up-to-date course and program information.

Courses (GEND)