The gender studies minor was established in the Fall of 1997. It is a multi-disciplinary academic program focusing on gender. Approved courses from communications, English, history, modern languages, psychology, religion, and sociology are available at this time. Other disciplines are planning to submit courses for approval in the future.
Gender Studies courses fulfill personal and practical needs for both women and men interested in broadening their understanding of gender in society. Students who have specific career plans in medicine, social work, education, business, counseling, law or therapy should know that studies of similar programs have found that the increased understanding of gender enhances such professional activities. Other findings from the evaluation of such programs report that the confidence and insight that students acquire in these courses enriches their personal and business lives regardless of their particular career.