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Gender Studies Minor

The Gender Studies minor examines the relationship between biological differences and social inequality, explores the construction of sexual identity, and analyzes the variations in gender systems that have occurred across cultures over time. Students explore the methods and concepts of gender studies in a variety of academic disciplines including film studies, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. This minor can be combined with any major and minor. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs.

Gender Studies Minor Requirements
(15 credits)

GEST 2050 - Introduction to Gender Studies (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of gender studies. It is designed to help students develop a critical framework for thinking about questions relating to gender and the ways that gender is constructed and institutionalized. Attention is paid to ongoing debates concerning public and private, the politics of embodiment and sexuality, equality and difference, the intersection of gender with other axes of subordination, identity politics and essentialism. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

Select 6 credits from the following courses:

ARTS 3020 - Women in the Arts (3 credits)

A study of the particular contributions of women in art, music, theatre, and dance. Prerequisites: One ARTS course and COMP 2000 or COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

COMM 3100 - Gendered Images in Popular Culture (3 credits)

This course examines gendered images in popular media other than literature, including film, music videos, television, and comic books, and their impact on mainstream America. Prerequisites: one GEST or COMM course; and COMP 2000 or COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

FILM 3040 - Women and Film (3 credits)

This course focuses on the application of film to examine how gendered images construct and marginalize women in both mainstream and independent cinema. Prerequisite: one FILM course; and COMP 2000 or 2010 or 2020 or COMP 2000H.

GEST 4900 - Special Topics in Gender Studies (3 credits)

This course serves as a capstone to gender studies and provides the opportunity for treatment of special topics and/or internships combined with independent research projects. Prerequisites: GEST 2050; and COMP 2000 or COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

LITR 3040 - Women and Literature (3 credits)

Works will be studied to acquaint students with the rich and extensive contributions of women to the various literary genres (autobiography, poetry, fiction). Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020.

LITR 4060 - Critical Theories and Gender (3 credits)

This course introduces students to contemporary feminist criticism and gender theory from Simone de Beauvoir to the present and explores the potential usefulness of theoretical constructs in examining literature. Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H or LITR 2010H or LITR 2011H or LITR 2020H or LITR 2021H or LITR 2030H. 

Select 6 credits from the following courses:

PSYC 2110 - Human Sexuality (3 credits)

Anatomy/ physiology of the human sexual system, the human sexual response, the range of sexual behaviors, and sources of attitudes and beliefs about sexuality. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 OR PSYC 1020H OR SOCL 1020. 

PSYC 3360 - Psychology of Gender (3 credits)

This course examines theories about, as well as the psychological and social factors related to, gendered identities, roles, and behaviors. Prerequisite: PSYC 1020 or 1020H or SOCL 1020. 

PSYC 3750 - Gender and Counseling (3 credits)

SOCL 3110 - Gender, Sexuality and the Family (3 credits)

SOCL 3300 - Gender at Work (3 credits)

SOCL 4010 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Cultures (3 credits)

This course examines topics in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cultures from theoretical, historical and political perspectives. Topics might include an examination of the essentialist versus constructionist debates and their respective implications, sex policing, political resistance, and the politics of AIDS. Prerequisite: SOCL 1020. 

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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