An Interdisciplinary field, gender studies investigates the construction and meaning of gender - femininity and masculinity - as well as sexuality across cultures and social formations, past and present. the fundamental belief of Gender Studies is that gender and sexuality affect human conditions, options, and experiences.
Legal, political, economic, and cultural systems are all acutely gendered. A reflective and thoughtful understanding of gender patterns, dynamics, and biases can enhance the scope and accuracy of work in many fields, including - but not limited to - psychology, sociology, history, literature, anthropology, criminal justice, and philosophy. Courses in a successful gender studies program focus on a range of gendered institutions, such as family, work, religion, education, health, medicine, media, and politics while encouraging students to investigate the many ways scholars, artists, and activists have researched, represented, and critiqued our gendered world.
The gender studies minor allows students to focus on the significance, meaning, and implications of gender and sexuality by taking five courses from a variety of gender investigating courses currently offered in the School of Nursing (psychology), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions of Tusculum University.