2019-2020 Catalogue

Minor in Gender Studies

The Gender Studies program provides students the opportunity to study how gender structures our lives, ideas, institutions, society, and cultural practices. As an interdisciplinary program, Gender Studies combines the analytic tools of different disciplines, incorporating both practical and theoretical approaches to understanding how gender functions. The program also addresses how differences in racial, ethnic, class and sexual identity structure the complex nature of gender-based inequity, injustice, and systematic oppression of women.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
Select four of the following: 112
Selected Topics in Cinema Studies
Women and Film
The Male Image in American Film
The Developing World
Fashion Film and Food in South Asia
Women and Gender in South Asia
U.S. Women's History
Introduction to Gender Studies
Sex and American Culture
Gender and the Law
Race and the Law
Women in Literature
American Icons
Sexual Identity and Culture
Passing in American Literature
Transgender Literature
Sitcom Nation: The American Family in Fiction and Film
The Television Industry
Managing Diversity in the Workplace
Evolution, Human Genetics and Behavior
Gender Psychology
Nonverbal Behavior and Judging Others
Abnormal Psychology
Diversity, Minorities and Social Change
Self and Society

Policies Related to Minors

  • Some major/minor combinations are prohibited. See the major/minor exclusions list for more information.
  • Courses taken to fulfill a minor can be applied as business-related electives, arts and sciences electives, unrestricted electives, the humanities/social science elective or the mathematics/natural sciences elective.
  • The electives guide defines all classes as either arts and sciences or business. Students are strongly encouraged to maintain an awareness of where courses taken for a minor apply to their degree requirements.
  • Courses fulfilling General Education requirements (except the humanities/social science elective and the math/natural science elective) may not be applied to a minor.
  • Courses used to fulfill the modern language requirement for BA students cannot be applied to a minor.
  • Courses fulfilling Business Core requirements may not be applied to a minor (except for the Business Studies Minor).  
  • A course taken under the Pass/Fail/D policy may be applied to the minor.
  • Major courses (including courses applied to the Liberal Studies Major or Business Studies Major) may not be applied to a minor.
  • Students may apply only one course not taken at Bentley (from sources such as transfer, IB, AP, course away, non-Bentley study abroad program, etc.) to the minor.
  • Students may only complete a maximum of two minors.
  • Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the minor.