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Gender Studies Minor

The Gender Studies Program fosters learning and partnerships that span divisions of gender, sex, race, ethnicity, class, religion, age, able-bodiedness, and nationality, creating a new understanding of power dynamics and gender categories, and empowering individuals and communities. Students minoring in Gender Studies can choose from a wide range of courses in disciplines such as Sociology, English, Social Work, Communications, and Philosophy.    

Note: The Gender Studies Program is in the process of phasing out GST 490 as a core requirement.  Current students minoring in Gender Studies must take GST 490 with either Dr. Bernadette Barton in the spring (coupled with the Sociology capstone) or with Dr. Sylvia Henneberg in the fall (coupled with the English capstone). Once the capstone is eliminated as a program requirement, it will be replaced with one additional elective.



This minor is offered at the Morehead campus; some courses may be available online.

Program Requirements

  • The first step is admission to Morehead State University, see MSU's admission requirements.
  • For course lists and program requirements please refer to the undergraduate catalog.
  • Core class: GST 273, Introduction to Gender Studies
  • Five electives from the list of courses 
  • Capstone: GST 490, Integrated Gender Studies Capstone

Career Opportunities

A Gender Studies minor will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to better understand gender-related issues and the way gender colors most aspects of the world around you.  You will be able to recognize gender norms as being relevant to all your social settings, ranging from the privacy of your home and family to the workforce and the national/international political arena.  Transformative on a personal level, your education in Gender Studies will also make you attractive to employers in the fields of law, medicine, social work, teaching, counseling, and government service, among others.

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.