Gender Studies

Interdisciplinary Program Director: Jean Keller

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) (4 credits)
  2. GEND 201, Movements and Change (required) (4 credits)
  3. GEND 380, Approaches to Gender Theory (required) (4 credits)
  4. GEND 381, Sex and Gender in Global Perspectives (required) (4 credits)
  5. GEND 385, Senior Capstone in Gender Studies (required) (4 credits)
  6. Experiential Learning Component (0-4 credits)
  7. 4-5 additional 4 credit courses (16-20 credits)

Elective courses must be selected from approved GEND electives.  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) (4 credits)
  2. GEND 201, Movements and Change (required) (4 credits)
  3. GEND 380, Approaches to Gender Theory (required) (4 credits)
  4. At least 2 additional elective courses. (total of 8 credits)

At least 4 credits of the remaining 8 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: 

COMM 305 , 351, 350, 368
ECON 316, 325
ENGL 221C, 348B, 381, 382, 385E
ESSS 320 
FREN 352D
HIST 333
HISP 349, 355B
HONR 350L
HUMN 223, HUMN 300A
JAPN 321A 
PCST 351
PHIL 153, 325
POLS 314, 339, 352
PSYC 308
SOCI 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)