Stephen F. Austin State University

Gender Studies

Gender Studies Minor Information and Requirements

Gender Studies Minor (18 hours)
Dana Cooper, Coordinator
Vera Dugas Liberal Arts North, Rm 359
(936) 468-2224
E-mail: cooperdc@sfasu.edu

ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Dana Cooper (History), William Forbes (Geography), Dianne Dentice (Sociology), Karol Chandler-Ezell (Anthropology), Anne Collins Smith (Philosophy), Piero Fenci (Art), Jill Carrington (Art History), Christine Butterworth-McDermott (English)

OBJECTIVES
A minor in Gender Studies merges the academic journey with the personal one. It recognizes gender as a primary category that organizes and directs our lives. By combining courses across disciplines, the program exposes students to a variety of perspectives and research methods. It permits individuals to develop their own interests as they analyze and deepen their understanding of Gender in their everyday lives and in the world. The minor will enhance students' sense of personal identity and their competence in any occupation. It will enrich their experiences as citizens in a diverse and changing world.

Required Courses (6 hours):
Three hours from: IDS 300 Introduction to Gender Studies. Introductory survey of the theoretical underpinnings and interdisciplinary nature of Gender Studies.
Three hours from: IDS 450 Capstone to Gender Studies or IDS 475 Independent Study in Gender Studies. The capstone course for the Gender Studies minor. Students will pursue independent research topics incorporating various interdisciplinary methodologies within the structure of a traditional seminar format. Instruction will be via one faculty member of record and contributions from other faculty as visiting/guest instructors.

Elective Courses:
(4 from among the following in a minimum of 3 disciplines; 6 of these hours must be upper level)
ANT 231, ENG 349, ENG 350, ENG 351, ENG 356, ENG 448, HIS 314, HMS 146, HMS 230, HMS 336, HMS 353, HMS 459, PHI 320, PSY 153, SWK 425, SOC 253


Other electives may be substituted with the consent of the Director of the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs.