Division of Philosophical, Religious, Theological, Social & Cultural Studies
Richard Anderson, Ph.D., Chair

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. The Gender Studies minor is 18 credits, with elective courses in history, literature, sociology and other programs at Loras College. Consult the website of the Division of Philosophical, Religious, Theological, Social & Cultural Studies for the current list of elective courses or contact one of the co-directors of the program directly.

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Requirements for minor

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 L.SOC-240: Gender & Society 3
1 L.HIS-239: 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
Course Descriptions

L.SOC-240: 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. 3 credits.

L.HIS-239: United States Women’s History-AC

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. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB220. 3 credits.

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Kristin Anderson-Bricker, Ph.D.
Professor of History
563.588.7403 |

Curriculum Vitae

Kristin Anderson-Bricker completed a doctorate at Syracuse University in United States social and cultural history with specialties in race, gender and social movements. Upon graduation in 1997, she accepted a position at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Anderson-Bricker teaches topical courses covering American history from the late nineteenth century through to the present. She also teaches on the American West, Native Americans in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, Women’s History, sexuality, African Americans and historical methods (research and teaching).

She is currently at work on a book manuscript, Going Beyond the Rules: Catholic Young Adults Making Sexual Decisions, designed to initiate between students a conversation about sex to assist them in determining the values they want to apply to their choices about sex.

Her service work has focused on diversity initiatives including committee chair responsibilities, gender equity and a civil discourse initiative (DuTalk). Anderson-Bricker has directed the Honors Program and served on many committees including Rank and Tenure, Faculty Senate and First Year Experience. In addition to serving on the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association’s travel grant committee and assessing manuscripts for the State Historical Society of Iowa, she has served the profession as a program reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Iowa, Dubuque County Historical Society and Effigy Mounds National Monument.

Lisa Garoutte, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
563.588.7022 |

Dr. Garoutte joined the Loras faculty in 2007 after earning her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University. Her areas of specialization are social movements and social inequality, with an emphasis on racist violence. She teaches classes in sociological theory, social movements, gender, social class, and hate groups. Dr. Garoutte has received fellowships for her research related to community-based learning and was a recipient of the Mike and Linda Budde Excellence in Teaching Award.