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Gender Studies: Explore The Human Experience.

Gender impacts everyone. Earn a minor in gender studies to explore how gender, race, sexualities, and other identities function in and contribute to society. The interdisciplinary courses are grounded in the belief that women and men are created by God with equal standing in all areas of life. You’ll learn to make more informed decisions, think critically, and make a positive impact.

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Program Highlights

Examine the fascinating history and current understandings of gender.

Examine the impact of gender on relationships, communication, and culture.

Integrate your theology into your understanding of who God made us to be.

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Hello, my name is Dr. Linda Quinlan, and I helped create the Gender Studies minor! I’m passionate about the field of gender studies because gender relationships permeate every aspect of human experience. Since Roberts desires to prepare students to be positive transformational agents in our world, it is important to offer a program that allows students to better understand the gender dynamics that have shaped (and continue to shape) social, economic, and religious thought and behavior.

What Will I Learn

Studying gender will influence and inform your entire worldview. You’ll become more sensitive to others’ experiences and ideas. You’ll celebrate the gift of diversity. We’ll help you consider and discover answers to tough questions, enhancing your future and faith.

You’ll study:
  • Power dynamics related to gender
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Theological, historical, and psychological aspects of gender
  • How gender impacts your whole life

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How Can Gender Studies Enhance My Career?

Gender Studies courses help you gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of gender, allowing you to contribute to creating inclusive environments.  This knowledge can be applied to fields such as human resources, education, marketing, or public policy, where understanding diverse perspectives and fostering inclusivity is crucial.

These courses also encourage critical thinking and help develop analytical skills.  This can be useful in any career that requires problem-solving, research, and analysis.

In addition, the communication skills gained from gender studies courses are especially helpful in fields like customer service, counseling, management, or advocacy. Also, because students gain awareness of social justice issues in their courses, they are prepared to work in nonprofit organizations, social work, policy-making, or community development.

Finally, remember that the knowledge you acquire in gender studies can enhance your employability in many fields.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gender studies explores the impact of gender in society and on individuals’ thoughts and behaviors.

Roberts’ gender studies minor is unique in its Christ-centered approach with an emphasis that women and men were created by God with equal standing in all areas of life.

Studying gender studies can help us bring forth God’s kingdom as God intended – with women and men having equal standing in all areas of life.

Understanding how power dynamics and social structures work can allow you to make a positive impact in your circles as well as society.

With an interdisciplinary approach, you will emerge with an understanding of how gender affects your life. The conversations you’ll have in this minor will enhance your career, no matter what you choose to pursue.

Yes! If you come to campus for an individual visit, you can meet individually with a professor to get an overview of the major and your individual questions answered. Our Discovery Day events typically include a Faculty & Services Expo, where you can meet your future professors.

We are committed to helping students meet the financial obligation to earn a degree and advance a career. Our Office of Student Financial Services works to assist all students in their effort to maximize financial aid. We award financial assistance to 100% of our undergraduate students.

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