Gender Studies Major & Minor

The Gender Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary course of study that examines how gender and sexuality vary across temporal, spatial and cultural boundaries. Gender Studies students cultivate their interest in social concerns related to sex, gender and social inequality. Students reflect on how constructs of sex and gender apply to their own livfes as well as interactions with others. Course offerings help students understand, analyze and critique social and cultural systems of power that create and reinforce hierarchies of difference. 


The Gender Studies Department is comprised of over 30 professors that come from diverse backgrounds who teach courses in Gender Studies along with their main departments. Our professors offer a broad curriculum for students interested in the Gender Studies major. The curriculum incorporates disciplines such as the Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences to create an interdisciplinary education. Students can also choose courses from many of our other departments including: Asian Studies, Communication, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, Languages and Cultures, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Theology. 


A degree in Gender Studies equips students for social change by providing them the tools to work for social justice. It has given our alulmni the knowledge needed to be successful in careers in law, marketing, communcaations, politics, counseling and more. Being aware of Gendere and its intersectionality with race, class and sexualtiy will make you more marketable in your chosen profession.