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The gender studies minor

The Gender Studies Minor consists of five courses taken from at least four different departments, plus a capstone course. No more than one interim is allowed in the minor.

Three from primary gender courses:

CAS 270 - Communication and Gender
ENGL 234 - Gender and Literature
FREN 374 - Women and Gender in French Literature and Culture
GER 372 - Outside Voices: German Culture from the Margins
HIST 376 - Studies in the History of Women and Gender
PHIL 211 - Philosophy of Gender
PSYC 222 - Human Sexuality and Gender
REL 313 - When Women Read the Old Testament
SOC 250 - Diversity and Inequality in North American Society

Two from the following categories:

  • Special topics courses with a gender focus, such as SOC 304 or SOC 316, POLS 228 or POLS 307 and HIST 356.
  • Approved gender-focused interim course
  • Gender-cognate courses: in consultation with his/her Gender Studies advisor and subject to approval by the Gender Studies Minor steering committee, a student may negotiate a contract in a general class to add a significant gender component to class requirements. These may include, but are not limited to, readings and guided research of a topical paper. The gender focus could also factor into an honors contract. The professor in the course must be committed to providing guidance in the area of gender analysis. Only one gender-cognate course may count toward the minor.

IDIS 394: Seminar in Gender Studies

The capstone course, taken in the junior or senior year, will integrate previous work in the minor while focusing on current research, theoretical paradigms, and controversies in the field. The goal is to foster mature Christian thinking on gender issues.


Courses in the gender studies minor are taught by professors from various departments at Calvin, including the political science, philosophy, religion, sociology, English, history and biology departments.

See course descriptions for the gender studies minor.