From creative works in literature and the arts to discoveries in science and technology, women have shaped all aspects of society. Today, more women graduate from college than men, yet only 14 percent of top executives in the nation are women. While we have made strides in diminishing disparities and inequities based on the perception of gender, it continues to shape and influence cultures here and abroad.
In this interdisciplinary minor, you’ll examine the historical and modern effects of gender through the lenses of philosophy, literature, politics and anthropology. You’ll draw from a wide range of courses such as Human Sexuality, Gender and the Law, Women and Public Policy and Psychology of Women. You’ll learn how gender intersects with government, business and the criminal justice system in the U.S. and abroad. Studying cultures in both industrialized and developing nations gives you an understanding of how masculinity and femininity are defined in different societies. You’ll gain an understanding of gender, biological sex and sexual orientation, and how these identities intersect with race, class, ethnicity, religion and national origin.