2017-19 Undergraduate Catalog

Gender Studies

Faculty Top of Page

Deborah Augsburger, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Karl Bahm, Professor, History
Brianna Evans, Senior Lecturer, Social Inquiry
Kenna Bolton Holz, Associate Professor, Psychology
Hilary Fezzey, Associate Professor, English
Julie Gard, Associate Professor, Writing
Vanessa Hettinger, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Meghan Krausch, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Sarah LaChance Adams, Associate Professor, Philosophy
Daniela Mansbach, Associate Professor, Political Science, Gender Studies Program Coordinator
Jeanette Pucheu, Associate Professor, Spanish
Deborah Davis Schlacks, Professor, English
Joel Sipress, Professor, History
Nicholas Sloboda, Professor, English
Priscilla Starratt, Professor, History
Alisa Von Hagel, Associate Professor, Political Science
Dixie Dorman, Senior Lecturer, First Nations Studies

Gender Studies Program Description Top of Page

A 21-credit minor is available in Gender Studies. It is coordinated and led by the Gender Studies Coordinator and by the Gender Studies Committee, a free-standing advisory committee made up of interested faculty and staff.

The Women's Studies undergraduate minor was approved in 1976. In 2013, the Women's Studies Committee refocused the minor and the program, which was renamed Gender Studies. The minor is interdisciplinary with courses offered by a number of academic departments and programs. Members of the Gender Studies Committee serve as faculty advisors for this minor. Students choosing this minor must take 21 semester credits from courses in the approved list in consultation with a Gender Studies faculty advisor.

The mission of the Gender Studies Program is to explore issues of gender and its relationship to structures of power and inequality, with an emphasis on the intersection of gender with multiple identities; to promote critical engagement in a diverse world; and to contribute to possibilities for transformation and change in the university and broader community.

Student Learning Goals Top of Page

Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Analyze identities and expressions of gender and sexuality both globally and historically.
  2. Analyze how social structures and institutions create and perpetuate inequalities.
  3. Analyze the intersection of gender with other relations of power, recognizing their interconnectivity.
  4. Conceptualize different manifestations of feminist actions based upon the context.
  5. Engage in informed feminist action.

Gender Studies Minor Requirements Top of Page

21 total credits

A minimum of 9 credits 300-level or higher.

Required courses (9 credits)

Introduction to Gender Studies -- 3.00 credits
Sociology of Gender -- 3.00 credits
Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Gender and Sexuality in Writing -- 3.00 credits
Gender, Psychology and Society -- 3.00 credits
Psychology of Men and Masculinity -- 3.00 credits
Study Abroad -- 0.00 - 6.00 credits
African Gender -- 3.00 credits
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective -- 3.00 credits
Gender,Crime,and Justice -- 3.00 credits
Men and Women in Nazi Germany -- 3.00 credits
The Construction of Gender in the United States -- 3.00 credits
Writing Women, Women Writing -- 3.00 credits
Women In Art -- 3.00 credits
Philosophy of Love and Sex -- 3.00 credits
Arab Gender -- 3.00 credits
Women and Politics -- 3.00 credits
Women, Colonialism, and Nationalism in Modern Southeast Asia -- 3.00 credits
Bodies: Sociology of the Flesh -- 3.00 credits
Complex Identities: Global Race, Class, and Gender -- 3.00 credits
Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Mothering -- 3.00 credits
The Study of First Nations Women -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in Women's Studies -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Communicating Gender -- 3.00 credits

At least one elective course must meet the Global/Indigenous minor requirement. Those courses currently include

African Gender -- 3.00 credits
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective -- 3.00 credits
Arab Gender -- 3.00 credits
Women, Colonialism, and Nationalism in Modern Southeast Asia -- 3.00 credits
Complex Identities: Global Race, Class, and Gender -- 3.00 credits
The Study of First Nations Women -- 3.00 credits

Or substitution with prior approval of Gender Studies Program Coordinator