The Gender Studies program provides opportunities for the student to:
- 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
- Explore his or her own gender role and identity
- Acquire empathy toward the various and often differing individual definitions of "womanhood" and "manhood"
- Examine the impact of gender identity on human relations historically and cross-culturally
Students interested in Gender Studies have an array of activities to select from at Marietta, including the College's award-winning "WITS" (Women In The Sciences) Program. This series of after-school and summer camp programs is designed to help local fifth- through eighth-grade girls achieve high standards in math and science.
Various community service organizations and events are supported by Gender Studies students, including the local Sexual Assault Intervention Network (SAIN); the Center for Women's Care; Eve, Inc. (battered women's shelter); the Marietta Family YMCA; and the O'Neill Senior Center.
Courses offered within the Minor:
ARTH 373: Women in the Visual Arts
ASN 370: East Asian Cultures through Film
COMM 380: (when topic is Gender and Communication)
ECON 325: Economics of Gender
ENGL 235: Concepts of Gender
GEND 101: Gender and Pop Culture
GEND 325: American Leadership Gender Issues
GEND 401: Advanced Gender and Sexuality Studies
HIST 325: European Feminism and European Tradition
LING 323: Language, Gender and Culture
PHIL 241: Philosophy of Sex and Love
PHYCH 150: Human Sexuality
PSYCH 225: Psychology of Gender
THEA 350: Drama Literature (when topic is “Gay Drama”)
Courses that have been approved as Gender Studies courses are identified with a "Z" in the course listings distributed each semester by the Records Office.