Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    18 credits
    • Major/Concentration: 18
  • Accreditation


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.


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. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cross-cultural study of the basic human groups of family, kin and community, examining marriage patterns and gender roles within families.

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.

Applied studies of literature using selected theoretical methodologies.

Studies in a specific literary genre such as, poetry, drama, the novel and film.

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.

Reading, research and discussion of selected topics in the field of psychology.

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.

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.

Variable offering depending on professor, to include a critical analysis of selected topics of current interest.