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Gender Studies

Director Katharine N. Ings

The interdisciplinary courses in the gender studies minor afford students the opportunity to study gender both as an analytical perspective and as a social and cultural phenomenon. The minor will complement most academic majors, preparing individuals to do the critical thinking required in business and the professions as well as in graduate study in the humanities and the social sciences.

Minor in gender studies, 24 hours: GNST 125, 319; 18 hours of electives from the following courses and others approved by the Gender Studies Council.

Specialized Gender Studies Courses

GNST 125 INTRODUCTION TO GENDER STUDIES - 3 hours
A basic introduction to the field of gender studies. The course will examine gender as a category for analyzing culture and society. Fall, odd years. C-3RC.

GNST 319 FEMINIST THEORY - 3 hours
Interdisciplinary examination of the theoretical and methodological questions that arise when women are placed at the center of study. Focus is on significant works and perspectives in feminist theory and on their contributions to understanding human experience. Spring, odd years.

ECON 320 ECONOMICS OF RACE, GENDER AND CLASS - 3 hours
An introduction to differences in economic outcomes as a result of group (race/gender/class) membership. Economic inequality from an environment of unequal power, participation rules and access to resources is explored. Topics include premarket discrimination; leisure-labor and household decisions; market discrimination; forms of oppression; race/gender/class bias (past and present); social change and public policy. Prerequisite: junior or senior class standing.

ENG 361 WOMEN IN LITERATURE - 3 hours
A chronological and thematic study of poetry, fiction, drama, essays and journals by women who represent a variety of cultural traditions. Emphasis will be upon works written in English, but translations may be used. Spring, even years. C-3RC.

HIST 206 WOMEN IN EUROPEAN HISTORY - 3 hours
A survey of women in European history during the medieval, early modern and modern eras. This course will examine the participation of women in various aspects of European society, including economic, religious and family life. Prerequisite: HIST 101. Spring, odd years.

HIST 329 WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY - 3 hours
A survey of the experience of various groups of women in colonial, 19th and 20th-century America. The nature of family life and the technology and management of the household will be an ongoing theme. Specific topics of relevance also will be pursued, including women’s roles in religious life of the colonial period, development of women’s rights and suffrage in the 19th century, and the impact of women’s increasing participation in the paid labor force. Spring, even years.

HUM 210 WOMEN IN THE ARTS - 3 hours
A study of the role of women in the fine arts. Material will be studied from the following areas: selected women composers and artists of the 18th through 20th centuries; the role of women in theatre, film and dance. Spring, odd years.

REL 225 FEMINIST AND WOMANIST THEOLOGIES - 3 hours
An exploration of the critique and vision brought to contemporary theology by women’s perspectives represented in texts by feminist and womanist theologians and in women’s fiction and essays. Prerequisite: one course in religion or permission of instructor. Spring, even years.

SOC 305 SELF AND SOCIETY - 3 hours
Social psychology from a sociological perspective, examining the interaction between individual lives and social structure: how humans are created by their social order and how humans create social orders. Major topics include socialization and the development of the self, language and the social construction of reality, and the social construction of gender. Fall, odd years.

SOC 333 SEXUALITY AND GENDER IN SOCIETY - 3 hours
Human sexuality as social interaction and as social-cultural construction. Topics include sexuality in historical-cultural context, psychosexual development and socialization, love and sex, sexual attitudes and behaviors, contraception, sexual coercion and commercial sex, with special emphases on sexual identity, sexual orientation and gender. A focus on empirical knowledge with attention to ethical and affective concerns. Spring.


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