Course Offerings | Gender Studies

Sarah Goodrum (chair), Andrea Abrams, Steven Beaudoin, Mary Daniels, Helen Emmitt, Mary Gulley, Mykol Hamilton; students: Christy Ferko, Maria Kennedy

Students can minor (but not major) in Gender Studies at Centre College. 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.

Requirements for the Minor:

GNS 210 and six courses (18 credit hours) selected from the following lists, to include at least one course in each of two divisions.

1. Upon program committee approval, additional courses may be added to the list of courses fulfilling minor requirements.
2. Occasionally, students may petition the committee to have other courses fulfill a minor requirement such as independent study and courses completed through study abroad.
3. Many of the courses listed below have prerequisites, and several courses are not offered regularly or are offered only once every two or three years. Students interested in the minor are encouraged to consult with a program committee member early on to plan their preparation for the minor and to discuss course offering schedules.

Arts and Humanities Division
ENG 235 Third World Women Writers
ENG 368 Marriage & Maturity in the 19-Century Novel
ENG 370 Changes to the Female Form
ENG 377 American Women Poets
HUM 263 Women and Spirituality
SPA 335 Hispanic Women Writers
SPA 453 Machismo in Spanish/American Literature

Social Studies Division
ANT/SOC 307 Feminist Ethnography and Methodologies
ANT 332 Men and Masculinities
ANT 333 Woman, Body, Culture
GOV 350 Gender and Politics
GOV 351 Women and Development
HIS 385 Gender and Sexuality in Western Society
REL 371 Feminist Theologies
SOC 103 Introduction to Family Life
SOC 310 Sociology of Family Life

Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division
PSY 380 Life-Span Developmental Psychology
PSY 390 Psychology of Women
PYB 320 Physiological Psychology
PYB 330 Animal Behavior

Gender Studies Course

As noted above, this interdisciplinary minor combines courses from other programs in developing most of its requirements.

GNS 210 Introduction to Gender Studies
An exploration of the social and cultural construction of gender differences, focusing on contemporary issues; the course also considers biological differences. Some of the reading and lecture materials will concentrate on sex and gender internationally. We will examine ways that boys/men and girls/women are socialized differently by parents, friends, co-workers, and the media. Next we will explore gender differences in social institutions, including education, family, workplace, and the criminal justice system. We will conclude by examining different types of feminism and contemporary men's social movements.

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