Thiel College

Areas of Study

Women’s & Gender Studies

Students in the Women’s and Gender Studies Minor are introduced to how one’s gender and sexual identity are formed and how one’s gender or sexuality affects one’s personality, individuality, behavior and opportunities in a given society and around the globe.

After completing the program, students will achieve a more precise understanding of how individuals in diverse cultures learn, negotiate, and accept or resist their gender roles, as well as the importance of gender both historically and in contemporary life.

Additionally, students graduating from the program will be more marketable to graduate schools and more prepared for life in the world of business, science, or academia, where diversity is a part of everyday life. The program includes courses in the fields of communications, criminal justice, English, history, political science, religion, and sociology, as well as two introductory courses in gender theory and social theory.

The minor requires six courses (18 CH) and must be completed with a grade of C minus or higher.

  • INDS 202 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: Gender, Culture and Sexuality
  • INDS 203 - Introduction to Gender and Social Theory

Four additional courses representing at least two academic departments outside the student's major area of study. Available courses that satisfy the minor requirement include:

  • CJS 303 - Family Justice Studies
  • CJS 431 - Selected Studies: Women and Crime
  • COMM 255 - Dissecting Disney
  • COMM 265 - Communication and Gender
  • HIST 239 - Intro to European Women's History I
  • HIST 240 - Intro to European Women's History II
  • HIST 450 - Gender and Sexuality in 19th Century Europe
  • POSC 385 - The Law of Families
  • REL 220 - Women in Jewish and Christian Traditions
  • SOC 261/INDS 261 - American Women's Experience: A Multicultural Perspective
  • SOC 421 - Gender and Society

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