Department of Gender Studies

Gender Studies is an exciting interdisciplinary academic program with a strong presence on campus through invited speakers, discussion panels, performances and other events. Students gain an understanding of how individuals, communities and societies shape and are shaped by the meanings of gender in their times.

The Gender Studies minor studies the role of gender identity in shaping human experience. It analyzes how masculinities and femininities interact with sexuality, race, social class, ethnicity and other categories of identity to influence culture, society and personal experience, foregrounding questions of power.

Students choose courses from across the university in areas such as women's rights and experiences, queer theory, gender, work and family, and the role gender plays in religion, history, literature, politics, business or mass media. Finally, the program encourages students to make connections between social, ethical, technological and cultural conditions and their own experiences.

The Gender Studies minor supplies knowledge and perspectives that complement any major and are essential in negotiating life and work in our global society. The minor helps develop independent thought, critical thinking and leadership skills and provides perspectives essential for many career fields, including law, the health professions, counseling, communications, business, public service, the entertainment industry and education.

What makes the program distinctive?

The program fuses a strong academic program with co-curricular programming and activist goals, and challenges students to rethink their own understandings of how the world works. It provides opportunities for internships and teaching apprenticeships, and offers unique 1/2 unit courses such as Gender and Film.

Upcoming Events at Stetson

Documentary Films:

Nov. 13: Beyond the Surface

Nov. 19: Tough Guise 2

HIV/AIDS American Film Series

Sept. 22: Philadelphia

Sept. 29: Long Time Companion

Oct. 3: And the Band Played on

Oct. 13: How to Survive a Plaque

Oct 20: Common Threads

Oct. 27: Angels in America I

Nov. 3. Angel in America II

Nov. 10: Rent

Nov. 17 Precious

Dec. 1: Dallas Byers Club

See gender studies events for more information.