The Gender Studies minor provides students with an opportunity to develop a reflective and interdisciplinary understanding of how our notions of gender, gender roles, and gender identities have been, and continue to be, shaped by the intellectual, historical, and sociocultural contexts in which they emerge. Includes a significant research or service-learning project related to the topic of Gender Studies in a 200-level course or above in the student's major field of study.
Why should I study gender studies?
Christians are called to be reconcilers. Gender issues are significant to the discussion of reconciliation. This minor will help broaden your understanding of historical, philosophical, and sociocultural perspectives on gender. This study is relevant to any industry and culture. By gaining this deeper understanding, you’ll be able to contribute to your community.
What can I do with this degree?
This is a practical minor for a variety of areas of study including, but not limited to:
- Biblical and theological studies
- Communication studies
- International relations
- Reconciliation studies
- Social work
- Sociocultural studies
What skills will I develop?
- Understanding how personal beliefs about gender influence thoughts about ourselves and others
- Ability to apply biblical perspectives to gender issues
- Understanding of the key contexts that have and continue to shape gender experiences
- Critical thinking skills for evaluating different beliefs and systems about gender
- Be able to respectfully and thoughtfully communicate personal perspectives
- Recognize discrimination at the intersection of gender, race, class, and more
- Empathy for how gender shapes and impacts people of other cultures
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
With this minor, you’ll have an opportunity integrate a topic of gender studies that interests you into a course within your field of study. You will design an integrative project through either research or service-learning that explores how issues of gender impact your major field of study. See the Gender-tag form (pdf) for more information.
This major offers lots of flexibility, as many of the course offerings also count toward general education requirements.