Gender Studies Minor

The gender studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor housed in the history department consisting of 17 to 18 credits that incorporate gender into each course.

An emphasis on the experiences of women brings out voices often neglected in the academy; theories of gender, masculinities and intersections with race and class are also part of the curriculum. Gender studies minors will:

  • expose how contemporary constructions of gender offer constricted models of identity, calling, and Christian discipleship
  • explore how historical and modern Anabaptist beliefs and practices may have produced gender constructions that both vary from and mimic the dominant culture
  • embrace gender equality as an essential component in promoting social justice and peacebuilding
  • equip students planning to serve in the global context with sensitivities to gender realities in different cultures and societies around the world.

Course info

Students select courses ranging from history, sociology, literature, and theology to popular culture and the arts. Sample courses:

  • Race and Gender
  • Family in Social Context
  • History of Women
  • Multicultural History of Washington D.C.
  • Pop Culture and Mass Communication
  • Cultural Anthropology

Several special topics courses are offered each year by different departments, such as “Women in Islam,” “Ethnic Women’s Literature of the Americas,” and “Women in the Bible.”

Faculty advisors

Co-advisors for this minor are Mary Sprunger, chair of the history department, and Kimberly Schmidt, director of the Washington Community Scholars’ Center (WCSC) in D.C.

Complementary programs

Faculty recommend this minor when participating in the following academic programs:

  • WCSC in D.C.
  • Seminar by the Sea: students travel to coastal Maine for a faith-based, three-week seminar with Eastern University faculty. (Students earn three credit hours in either psychology or English.) Students live in community and explore what it means to be a man or woman in today’s society, with a focus on the ways in which gender informs and affects our lives. Visit the website.

More info

Contact faculty advisors (listed above) for more info on the gender studies minor.