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Academic Requirements

Academic Requirements

The Gender Studies minor offers students the opportunity to concentrate on the ways gender is analyzed in a variety of fields in the liberal arts. To complete this interdisciplinary minor, students will take six courses. 


All students taking the Gender Studies minor must complete one of the following two courses:
  1. GEN 213/SOC 213. Sociology of Gender
  2. GEN 215/ANT 215. Sex, Gender, and Culture

Five more courses may be taken as electives from regular or special topics offerings in a number of departments: Art, Theatre, English, Modern Languages, History, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology. Other courses may be applied to the Gender Studies minor after consultation with the instructor and the program director.

Students planning to complete the Gender Studies minor should consult with the program director on their course selection. Students whose senior capstone experience focuses on the issue of gender may also apply that credit toward the minor.


Courses regularly offered that apply toward the Gender Studies minor include:

  • GEN 194. Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • GEN 212. Sociology of the Family
  • GEN 213. Sociology of Gender
  • GEN 215. Sex, Gender, and Culture
  • GEN 220. Human Sexuality
  • GEN 302. Renaissance: Age of Elizabeth
  • GEN 305. Romanticism
  • GEN 312. Contemporary Francophone World
  • GEN 317. Women’s Literature
  • GEN 319. The African-American Novel
  • GEN 321. Women and Politics
  • GEN 343. History of American Women
  • GEN 348. Gender in Western Civilization to 1600
  • GEN 355. Women in Medieval Europe
  • GEN 374. Main Divisions In American Culture: Race, Gender, Sexual Preference, Generation, Class
  • GEN 375. Body Language: Representation and Transgression from Theodore Dreiser and Claire Chopin through Nicholson Baker and Brett Easton Ellis
  • GEN 376. Culture of the Old/Cultures of the Young
  • GEN 377. 2PACalypse Now! The Cult of Heart of Darkness among White Male Anglophone Intellectuals
  • GEN 399. Gender Studies Seminar
  • GEN 425. Women Artists and Feminist Art History (Honors)