Gender Studies

Interdisciplinary Program Director: Shane Miller

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)

  1. A total of at least 40 credits, including:
    GEND 101, Introduction to Gender Studies (required)
  2. GEND 201, Movements and Change (required)
    GEND 380, Approaches to Gender Theory (required)
    GEND 381, Sex and Gender in Global Perspectives (required)
    GEND 385, Senior Capstone in Gender Studies (required)
    Experiential Learning Component (0-4 credits)
    4-5 additional 4 credit courses (16-20 credits).

Elective courses must be selected from approved GEND electives.  Of these 16-20 elective credits, at least three courses (12 credits), should be from GEND courses.  In addition, at least 12 of the elective credits must be at the 300-level. No more than three courses that count toward another major can be applied to the GEND major.

Minor (20 Credits)

A total of at least 20 credits, including:

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

At least 84 credits of the elective credits must be from GEND courses.  In addition, at least 8 of the 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 
COMM 305 , 351, 381, 385A, 385D, 386
ECON 325
ENGL 130, 221C, 355, 361, 381, 382, 385E
ENVR 225
ESSS 320 
HIST 333, 361, 362
HISP 349, 355B
HONR 350L
HUMN 223, HUMN 300A
JAPN 321A 
NUTR 300
PCST 351
PHIL 153, 325
POLS 314, 339, 352
PSYC 308, 345
SOCI 229, 319, 329
THEO 307, 309B, 309C, 329A,

Please consult the program's website (http://www.csbsju.edu/gender-studies) for up-to-date course and program information.

Courses (GEND)