Gender Studies

Interdisciplinary Program Director: Jean Keller

Gender Studies is a multi- and interdisciplinary field of study in which students critically examine sex and gender as social constructs that vary across temporal, spatial, and cultural boundaries. The program incorporates a variety of methodologies and theoretical approaches and elective courses span the humanities, fine arts, social sciences and natural sciences.  Students in the Gender Studies major and minor  analyze and critique social and cultural systems of power that create and reinforce hierarchies of difference.  They gain an understanding of how constructs of sex and gender function in their own lives as they intersect with race, class, age, ethnicity, sexuality, and ability and examine how they inform their interactions with others.

Acceptance to Major Requirements

Course Requirements:  GEND 101 or 201 plus one other course that counts for Gender Studies
Minimum Grade and/or GPA for required courses:  grade of C or better
Minimum Cumulative GPA:  2.00

Major (40 Credits)


  1. GEND 101 (4 credits)
  2. GEND 201 (Justice or Movement Theme), 202 (Justice or Movement Theme) - (4 credits)
  3. GEND 380 (Justice or Truth Theme)
  4. GEND 381 (Justice or Movement Theme), 382 (Justice or Movement Theme) - (4 credits)
  5. GEND 385 (capstone) (4 credits)
  6. 4-5 additional 4 credit courses (16-20 credits)

Elective courses must be selected from approved Gender Studies electives.  No more than three courses that count toward another major can be applied to the GEND major.

Minor (20 Credits)


  1. GEND 101 (4 credits)
  2. GEND 201 (Justice or Movement Theme), 202 (Justice or Movement Theme) - (4 credits)
  3. GEND 380 (Justice or Truth Theme)
  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 Studies minor include the following: 

COMM 305 , 351, 368
ENGL 221C, 348B, 381, 382, 383, 385E
EXHS 320 
HIST 333, 369
HISP 349, 355B, 355I
HUMN 223, HUMN 300A
PCST 123, 351, 368C
PHIL 325
POLS 314, 339, 352, 358D
PSYC 308
SOCI 319, 329, 337P
THEO 307, 309C, 329A, 329E, 342, 369C


GEND 360E/JAPN 321A Contemporary Japanese Women Writers; J. DuBois
GEND 360H/POLS 339 Gender & Politics
GEND 360K/POLS 352 Global Gender Issues; P. dos Santos
GEND 360L/POLS 314 Sex, Gender, and Political Theory
GEND 360M/ENVR 327 Gender and Environment; C. Grosse
GEND 360N/ENGL 381 Literature By Women; C. Tourino
GEND 360P/JAPN 321B Love in Japanese Lit & Film; J. DuBois
GEND 360Q/CHIN 321A Chinese Women in Literature; S. Geng
GEND 360R/COMM 387C Fat Studies; J. Kramer
GEND 360S/COMM 384C Women, Rhetoric, and Politics; E . Paup
GEND 360  /COMM 305 Gender, Voice and Power; E. Paup
GEND 377A/COMM 384C Abelism in the U.S


351 Gender and Communication
368 Love, Sex & Commitment

221C World Literature: Voltaire/Nabokov
348B James and Wharton: Marriage and the Market
382 Race and Ethnicity in US Literatures; C. Tourino
383 Post-colonial Literature and Theory; M. Mitra

320 Gender and Sport

352D Women/Franco Culture

180 Gender & Culture in South Korea; S. Mukherjee
290D Men and Masulinities 
377A Disability Justice; J. Hinchley

333 Gender and Society in Western Europe
369 Gender in US History

349 Spanish Lit 20th Cent-Present: Spanish Women Authors; P. Bolanos
355 Deceit & Desire in Contemp Spanish Lit; P. Bolanos
355B Tradition and Dissidence in Politics and Gender; P. Bolanos

350L Reading Biblical Women

223 Literary Traditions
300A Reading Biblical Women

123 Islam in the USA: Gender, Race, and Ethnicity; J Armajani
351 Women, Men and Peace
368C Islam and Gender

153 Philosophy and Gender
377A Feminist Ethics

314 Sex, Gender, and Political Theory
339 Gender & Politics
358D Inequality, Race, and Gender in Brazil; P. dos Santos

308 Psychology of Gender

329 Family and Society
337P Love, Sex and Marriage: Anthropological Perspectives on Kinship; E. Block

307   Bible, Church and Gender
309C Reading Biblical Women
329A Feminist Theology
329E Theology and Gender; A. Mercedes
369C Islam and Gender

Please consult the program's website ( for up-to-date course and program information.

Courses (GEND)