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Academic Bulletin Gender Studies Minor - 2015-16

Minor in Gender Studies


Wabash College is committed to preparing its students for leadership and service in a diverse and changing society. As part of that commitment, the Minor in Gender Studies affords students the opportunity to gain a firm grounding in an interdisciplinary field that investigates the social, cultural, and biological factors that constitute femininity, masculinity, and sexual identity. Gender Studies explores the similarities and differences between the experiences, perspectives, and voices of women and men by analyzing variations in gender roles that occur across cultures and over time, examining relationships between biological differences and social power, and investigating the complex interaction of gender with race, class, and culture. Gender Studies also involves a critical investigation of strategies that aim to transform unjust or coercive social systems based on gender. Through coursework and an independent senior project, students undertake a systematic and critical analysis of gender issues across academic disciplines. The program is administered by the Gender Issues Committee.

Wabash College students who participate in the Minor in Gender Studies will enhance their preparation for careers in a wide variety of areas. These include, but are not limited to, human services, law, government, teaching, the arts, clinical work, social work, public relations, advertising, and journalism. Some graduates with expertise in Gender Studies may also pursue further study of gender as graduate students in a wide range of academic fields.

Requirements for the Minor

The requirements of the program include the following:

  • GEN 101: Introduction to Gender Studies
  • In addition to GEN 101, three course creditss designated as Gender Studies courses from at least two different departments. A rationale of the courses and description of planned senior capstone project should be sumbmitted in the spring semester of the students junior year to the Gender Issues Committee chair.
  • A full-credit capstone course in fall or spring of the senior year. This may be either an independent study project that explores the student’s chosen focus in greater depth or, if enough students are completing concentrations, a seminar class in which students will explore their topics comparatively. These will be assigned as GEN 490 Independent Study courses, and they have to be approved by the Committee Chair.
  • Each student’s program will be approved and supervised by the Gender Issues Committee, and a member of this committee, or other faculty with relevant expertise, may serve as secondary field examiner on the senior oral examination.


Students are encouraged to declare the Minor in Gender Studies by the end of their sophomore year (although they are free to declare any time before fall semester of their senior year). To declare, the student should submit a written proposal to the Gender Issues Committee, presenting a rationale for the courses selected for the Minor. The forms are available in the Registrar’s Office.


The following regularly offered courses focus primarily on gender and may be included in the Minor in Gender Studies, so long as they do not conflict with the student’s major:

Course Number


GEN cross-listing

GEN 101

Introduction to Gender Studies

GEN 101

PSY 102

Human Sexual Behavior

GEN 102

THE 103

Seminars in Theater

GEN 103

CLA 101

Classical Mythology

GEN 104

PSY 105


GEN 105

ENG 160

Multicultural Literature in America

GEN 106

PHI 109

Perspectives on Philosophy: Friendship (.5 credit)

GEN 109

ENG 105 (1/2 credit)

Intro to Poetry (.5 credit)

GEN 115

ENG 106 (1/2 credit)

Intro to Short Fiction (.5 credit)

GEN 116

EDU 101

Intro to Student Development

GEN 124

ART 181

Historic Techniques and Ideas

GEN 171

PHIL 219

Ethics and Social Philosophy: Feminist Philosophies

GEN 200


Sex, Gender and Masculinity

GEN 201

REL 273

Topics in Theology: Religion and Masculinity

GEN 202

ART 210

Special Topics in Art History

GEN 203

ENG 214

British and Irish Literature after 1900

GEN 204

ENG 219

Introduction to American Literature before 1900

GEN 205

ENG 220

Introduction to American Literature after 1900

GEN 206

ENG 297

Introduction to the Study of Literature

GEN 207

HIS 271

Africa to 1885

GEN 208

HIS 272

Africa since 1885

GEN 209

HIST 240

Topics in American History

GEN 210

CLA 213

Family and Roman Law

GEN 211

THE 204

World Cinema (offered every spring)

GEN 212

PSY 211

Cross-Cultural Psychology

GEN 214

PSY 220

Child Development

GEN 215

PSY 221

Adult Development

GEN 216

REL 270

Theological Ethics

GEN 217

RHE 240

Communication Theory

GEN 218

THE 213

The American Stage

GEN 219

THE 214

The Modern Stage

GEN 224

REL 297

Anthropology of Religion

GEN 225

HIS 230

Topics in Modern European History: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe

GEN 230

PHIL 217

Philosophy of Race

GEN 237

ENG 360

Studies in Multicultural / National Literature

GEN 300

ENG 397

Critical Reading

GEN 301

HIS 300

Advanced Topics: World and Comparative History: Prostitution in Modern World History

GEN 302

RHE 360

Gender and Communication

GEN 303

ENG 330

Studies in Special Topics

GEN 304

EDU 370

Special Topics in Education

GEN 305

REL 370

Contemporary Theology

GEN 307

GER 312

Studies in German Culture (when appropriate)

GEN 310

SPA 302 Introduction to Spanish Literature

GEN 314

PSY 322 Research in Social Psychology

GEN 322

HIS 340

Topics in American History

GEN 324

ENG 497

Seminar in English Literature: Sexualities, Textualities, and Queer Theory

GEN 400

HIS 497

Philosophy and Craft of History

GEN 404


Independent Study

GEN 487


Independent Study

GEN 488


Seminar in Gender Studies

GEN 490


Occasional courses (Special Topics or other courses of particular relevance to Gender Studies) may also count toward this requirement with the approval of the Gender Issues Committee. Interested students should consult with a member of the Gender Issues Committee for advice regarding relevant courses and the frequency of offerings. Students should also consult the Academic Bulletin and semester-by-semester information from the Registrar’s office regarding when courses are offered.