Mercyhurst University

Gender Studies Minor

Intense study of a complex construct

The Gender Studies minor provides students with the opportunity to learn about the impacts of and variation in gender through a multidisciplinary encounter. Although this minor builds on the university’s special history of empowering women, this is not a women’s studies minor; this minor offers an engendered program of learning and promotes a socially responsible and aware approach to all gendered social interaction through academics and service learning. Though an appreciation of gender differences, roles and historic interactions in a variety of contexts, students enhance their ability to function in the workplace and at home.The Gender Studies minor provides students with the opportunity to learn about the impacts of and variation in gender through a multidisciplinary encounter. Although this minor builds on the university’s special history of empowering women, this is not a women’s studies minor; this minor offers an engendered program of learning and promotes a socially responsible and aware approach to all gendered social interaction through academics and service learning. Though an appreciation of gender differences, roles and historic interactions in a variety of contexts, students enhance their ability to function in the workplace and at home.  

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In the photo above, Dr. Ruth Jolie (far right) and two students meet with renowned gendered scholar Dr. Louise Lamphere (second in from left). Dr. Lamphere is most well known for her work on feminist anthropology and issues of gender equity. As a former president for the American Anthropological Association, anthropology’s largest professional association, she pushed for more feminist research to be conducted by anthropologists. Because of her influence, feminist anthropology is a lively and important part of anthropology today.

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This minor approaches gender from an interdisciplinary viewpoint, focusing on issues such as the negotiation of power, creation of personal identities, and social reproduction across time and space.

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The minor draws on faculty from multiple disciplines, allowing you to learn from a diverse faculty who are engaged in their own research.

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Students work closely with faculty, which ensures individualized attention.

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Enjoy the camaraderie of a small cohort of like-minded people. 

EXPERIENCE & OUTCOMES

Hands-on learning

Put into practice research skills in an applied manner with the chance to conduct original research and attend regional and national conferences.

A growing field

The field of gender studies continues to gain popularity across university campuses because those with a better understanding of the complexities of gender are well-rounded citizens and more marketable.

Employment

Individuals with such a minor find employment in a variety of occupations within governmental and non-governmental organizations, the private sector and the helping professions.

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