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Minor in Gender Studies

School of Humanities and Social Sciences


The completion of the gender studies minor requires 18 credits, 6 of which must be unique to the minor. The program includes for a range of gender-related elective courses in anthropology, sociology, psychology and literature.


Below are the course requirements for this academic program. In addition to these program-specific requirements, all majors include Biola's traditional undergraduate core curriculum. For more program details, including a sample course sequence, visit Biola's academic catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program's academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Core Courses

The dynamics of male and female roles in Western, non-Western and biblical cultures. Focus on responsibilities, obligations, expectations, leadership and interrelationships as they relate to the society as a whole. Grade Mode: A.

Independent student research and writing in addition to a seminar style classroom atmosphere for the study of selected texts and/or topics from either or both testaments, thematically arranged to emphasize biblical, historical and/or systematic theology. Core Curriculum: Approved for Core - Biblical and Theological Studies. Note(s): May be taken multiple times for credit with different content.

Examines gender as an organizing principle in societies at all levels. The course explores the key theoretical approaches to sociology of gender and explains how historical, economic, and political trends impact gender and gender identity, as well as the impact of gender on various social institutions such as the family, government, the workplace, education, and the criminal justice system. Grade Mode: A.

Elective Courses

Examination of a variety of issues related to gender. Topics may include gender and communication, globalization and gender, feminization of poverty, representation of gender, etc. Notes: May be taken for a total of 6 credits with different content. Grade Mode: A.
Cross-cultural study of the basic human groups of family, kin and community, examining marriage patterns and gender roles within families. Grade Mode: A.

Studies in general areas of literary interest such as film and literature, science fiction and folklore or in such specific literary topics as women's literature or life writings. Grade Mode: A.

Applied studies of literature using selected theoretical methodologies. Grade Mode: A.

Studies in a specific literary (poetry, short story, novel, etc), rhetorical or written (literary non-fiction, poetry, technical writing, etc) genre. Grade Mode: A.

This course explores a wide variety of psychological issues that concern gender, including sex-related differences, life events unique to gender and gender experiences (e.g., women's experiences in areas that are generally viewed from a male perspective). Also included is the impact of ethnicity and class on gender issues. Grade Mode: A.
Reading, research and discussion of selected topics in the field of psychology. Grade Mode: A.
Christian and sociological perspectives on marriage, dating, sexuality and child rearing. Analysis of the family as a social institution as well as practical strategies for building a Christian family. Grade Mode: A.
Examination of the basic dimensions of inequality in contemporary American society, how inequality is patterned by race, class and gender, and the effects of inequality on life chances and lifestyles. International comparisons of systems of inequality also examined. Grade Mode: A.
Variable offering depending on professor, to include a critical analysis of selected topics of current interest. Grade Mode: A.
Total Program Credits
Every program at Biola University features rigorous academics, biblically integrated curriculum and vocational preparation.
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

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