Gender studies is an interdisciplinary academic program which aims to expand students’ understanding of femininity and masculinity, as well as the ways women and men locate themselves within gendered systems.
Since gender is part biological fact and part social construction, students study it from a variety of social, cultural, literary, scientific, historical, and political viewpoints. This interdisciplinary exploration focuses on the intersection of gender with sex, race, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ethnic background, and religion.
Students will also learn how the application of a gendered lens has challenged traditional historical and cultural assumptions about men and women in society while they gain an understanding of the scholarship in Gender Studies. In addition to promoting critical thinking across theoretical boundaries, gender studies prepares students to live and work effectively and respectfully in modern society. The minor is particularly appropriate for students planning to attend graduate school in gender studies, as well as those who wish to incorporate a gendered dimension into a professional career such as law, public policy, or business. It can be combined with any of Centre’s major programs. Although enrollment in the introductory course GNS 210 is recommended as soon as possible, any of the courses can be taken in any order.
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