Gender Studies Minor

Explore the history of gender identity with a minor in Gender Studies

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that promotes the study of the status of men and women, historically and at present. In courses across the disciplines, questions are raised concerning the ways in which we think about the social order as well as the distribution of power and opportunity. Gender Studies encourages in students a spirit of inquiry that will prepare them to function effectively as they integrate themselves into a diverse and rapidly evolving society.

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Student Experience

As a Loras student, you have the opportunity to enhance your educational experience by adding one or more minors. We encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad, engage in community outreach, explore internships and get involved in the many student and academic organizations available.


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Gender & Society
An exploration of the influence of gender stratification on both the social development of women and men and their personal experiences of social institutions such as the family, the economy, the political order, religion, and the educational system. Special emphasis is placed on the intersecting character of class, race, and gender stratification systems.

United States Women’s History
This course focuses on the evolving concept of gender identity in American society. We will compare and contrast the experiences of women of varying ethnic, class, racial, and regional identities. Women labored at home and for wages. They built and influenced families, communities and organizations. They worked to reform society, shaping the social, political and economic world through their efforts. We will trace the evolution of women’s rights and gender equity from the early 1600s to the present.

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Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor in Gender Studies:

Students should contact the Program Coordinators for a list of approved elective courses. When both core courses are taken, 12 elective credits are required. In either case, no more than 6 credits from any one discipline may be counted toward the minor.

Req Course Cr’s
Select one course from Req 1
1 Gender & Society 3
1 United States Women’s History-AC 3
2 Elective: One course from approved list 3
3 Elective: One course from approved list 3
4 Elective: One course from approved list 3
5 Elective: One course from approved list 3
6 Elective: One course from approved list 3
18 total required credits

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