Minor in Gender Studies
The interdisciplinary minor in gender studies teaches students to analyze gender and sexuality as aspects of human biology, identity, and culture. This minor is designed to prepare students for careers in a diverse workplace and/or for graduate studies in gender-related areas.
A gender studies minor serves as an excellent complement to majors in Communications, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, English, History, Criminal Justice, Business, etc.
Gender Studies Coursework:
This 18 credit-hour minor includes sophomore and advanced course options from across the disciplines and has one required course:
GST 2301: (3 sch) “Introduction to Gender Studies.” Introductory survey of concepts and theories central to the study of gender and sexuality.
Other course options, from which students select five additional courses, include:
- Communications 4312 (“Gender and Communication”)
- Early Childhood Development 2305 (“Socio-Cultural Influences on Child Development”)
- Educational Psychology 3303 (“Child and Adolescent Development”)
- English 4337 (“Women’s Literature”)
- History 3347 (“Culture, Gender, and Reform in 19th Century America”)
- Nursing 4338 (“Women’s Health Care”)
- Philosophy 4333 (“Contemporary Political Theory”)
- Political Science 4333 (“Contemporary Political Theory”)
- Psychology 4329 (“Evolutionary Psychology”)
- Social Work 4321: (“Social Work and Domestic Violence”)
- Social Work 4327 (“Social Work and Human Sexuality”)
- Sociology 3315 (“The Family”)
- Gender Studies-related USTD and other special topics courses
Gender Studies Activities and Extra-Curricular Research Opportunities:
Annually, the Gender Studies Program organizes a celebration for Women’s Equality Day (August 26), and during Women’s History Month (March), the program sponsors a gender-studies film festival. It also sponsors a student field trip to Texas Tech University’s annual gender studies conference, held during the spring semester.