You Will Get Out of the Program
Through minoring in Gender Studies, you will:
- Learn how concepts of
gender influence social and interpersonal behavior
- Recognize how sexuality
can influence social and personal decisions
- Grasp how social constructs
(legal, political, religious systems) attempt to regulate human sexuality
- Become familiar with various
men's and women's groups and gain an understanding of what men and
women seek from membership in these groups
- Gain an understanding
of how and why tensions arise between these groups and individuals
- Explore your own gender
role assumptions and identity
- Acquire empathy toward
the various and often differing individual definitions of 'womanhood'
- Examine the impact of
gender identity on human relations historically and cross-culturally.
Learning Outcomes, students
- Come to understand the
different layers of gender as determined genetically, anatomically,
and socially and the inherent conflicts when these layers do not 'match
up' in an individual.
- Feel empathy, tolerance,
and understanding for those previously thought of as "other"
and their relationship to themselves, family, business/career, and
society at large.
- Realize hetero/homosexual
stereotypes and how they play out in creating tensions and expectations
of and from others in diverse playing fields.
- Familiarize themselves
with the literature of both women's and men's groups and movements
and literature written about the subject in multidisciplines.
- Reflect upon the information
and internalize it by writing and testing successfully.
- Embrace the notion of
Gender Studies as cross-disciplinary and multifaceted, the study of
which improves the human condition.