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Gender Studies minor

Listen. Engage. Understand.

The gender studies minor emphasizes the experiences of women and brings out voices often neglected in the academy, and explores theories of gender, masculinities and intersections with race and class.

Housed in the history department, this interdisciplinary minor consists of 17 to 18 credits that incorporate gender into each course so that students will learn to:

  • 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; and
  • Become equipped for service in the global context with sensitivities to gender realities in different cultures and societies around the world.

Course info

Courses range from history, sociology, literature and theology to popular culture and the arts, such as:

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

Special topics courses are offered each year by different departments, such as:

  • Women in Islam
  • Ethnic Women’s Literature of the Americas
  • 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 program

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

More info

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

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