Gender Studies Minor
Gender studies is a multidisciplinary field that explores the intersections of gender with race, class, sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicity.
The central questions students who earn a minor in gender studies consider are what it means to be a "woman" and a "man" across cultures, geographical spaces, and historical periods.
Why choose gender studies at Marian?
As a student in this program, you will gain knowledge about the structures of gender as they relate to literature, politics, social science, and theology. You'll complete coursework that informs your understanding about the historical and contemporary concepts of gender, such as:
- Gender and sexuality as imperatives of understanding the human condition.
- The concept of "gender" as a social, rather than universal, construct.
- Deeply held notions about gender and sexuality and their social and political meanings across cultures.
- Gender studies research and the work of social scientists, psychologists, historians, biologists, and other experts in the arts and sciences.
In addition to better understanding your own culture, nation, and religion, you'll also explore how studying gender will impact your individual intellectual and social development.
What will you study?
To earn a minor in gender studies (GST) at Marian, you will complete 18 credits hours including:
- GST 200, 210, and 490
- Nine additional credits of GST coursework at the 300-level or above
Among the topics you will or may choose to study are:
- Gender construction in terms of legitimizing power and perpetuating inequality.
- Writings in feminist theory and how influential authors have analyzed politics, identity, power, discourse, and violence in light of changing global social justice conditions.
- Women and power in American history, including gender and sexuality as functions if identity and authority.
- Gender and literature as informed by feminist critical theory.
- Feminist theologies and perspectives about understanding the revelations of God and the theology of women's roles and voices in the Christian tradition.
- Gender and European history from 1789 to the present, including women and revolutions, gender and imperialism, and contemporary European feminism.
- Masculinity, imagery, and the production of meaning as it relates to social assumptions about "manliness."
In addition, you'll complete a senior capstone project that includes an internship or volunteer placement at a nonprofit organization, business, or institution with a gender focus. Structured reflections about the relationships among research, theory, activism, and practice in gendered studies will be completed, as well as reflections about the significance of gender studies in your academic studies as a whole and your plans for the future.
What career paths are available?
In combination with earning a bachelor's degree in disciplines like the arts, business, education, nursing, or science, for example, studying gender is good preparation for a variety of careers.
A minor in gender studies can be useful if your career goals include:
- Educational and administrative roles in K-12 schools, colleges, or universities.
- Healthcare fields like nursing and medicine, among many others.
- Business and corporate positions in marketing, management, sales, or human resource departments.
- Politics or public service at the local, state, and national levels.
- Human services, including social work and nonprofit organizations serving women, children, families
- Becoming an attorney and working in the legal field.