Academics and Research
Students carry out independent research projects in the capstone course for the minor.
Facilities and opportunities
The program supports and works with student organizations such as the student chapter of the National Organization for Women. The program facilitates connections for students with local organizations such as the League of Women Voters, which in 2012 sponsored two students to attend the League Legislative Summit in Tallahassee to help lobby state legislators.
To supplement its academic focus, Gender Studies organizes significant co-curricular events. Speakers in recent years have included Norma Ramos, an anti-trafficking activist; Julia Serano, a transgender activist and performer; Jessica Valenti, a third-wave feminist blogger, author and nationally known speaker; Eve Ensler, author of the acclaimed play The Vagina Monologues; and the activist performance group, the Guerilla Girls.
Preparation for graduate study
The minor in Gender Studies is good preparation for many areas of academic study students gain perspectives and critical reading, writing and thinking skills that will help them in graduate school areas including Women's Studies or Gender Studies Programs, any liberal arts graduate degree, law school, or a business graduate program, to name a few areas.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Faculty from across the university teach in the program and are recognized scholars and commended classroom teachers. Core faculty are:
- Jamil Khader, Ph.D., Penn State University; Gender Studies Program Chair; postcolonial studies and transnational feminism, global/ world literature, fantasy literature (vampire fiction, fairy tales, science fiction), literary theory, globalization, cosmopolitanism, human rights
One of the ways Stetson University fosters excellence in undergraduate programs is through the SURE program, or Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience. Each year undergraduate scholars are selected in a university-wide competition for grants to work with a faculty mentor on a summer research project.
Undergraduate awards and honors
The department annually gives The June Brooks Award for Activism (awarded to students who demonstrate significant activist work on behalf of causes related to gender, race, class or sexuality), the Ann Morris Essay and Creative Writing Awards, and an award to the program's outstanding senior.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Students often pursue internships with local nonprofit or activist organizations. Recently, students have interned at the Domestic Abuse Council and the Florida Museum for Women in the Arts. The program's curriculum allows students to create internships in a variety of areas.
The perspectives students encounter in Gender Studies are useful preparation for any career, from law, education and business, to social service and the arts.