Are you interested in learning the stories of women from around the globe? How about studying cultural assumptions about gender, race, and class? The women’s and gender studies minor at Goshen College enables all students to gain a new perspective on their experiences in a gendered society.
A Unique Perspective on Women’s Studies
The women’s and gender studies minor is open to any student at Goshen College, regardless of their major. Women’s and gender studies offers a critical perspective on our world, with the goal of improving the lives of everyone, especially women and other marginalized groups.
Learn About Gender in a Gendered Society
In our women’s and gender studies courses, you will learn about gender in conjunction with other social categories such as race, class, sexuality, and nationality. Women’s and gender studies is an interdisciplinary field, which means that you will have the opportunity to take courses in various departments such as sociology, psychology, English, and history.
Courses in the women’s and gender studies minor explore topics such as:
Women’s rights and activism
Women in leadership
Women in the workforce
Women in the media
Women and religion
Through these courses, you can engage with diverse perspectives, learn about other cultures, and challenge your assumptions about the world.
Understand How Gender Shapes Our Lives
This program will equip you with the tools to identify factors that constrain women’s lives. By pursuing the women’s and gender studies minor, you will gain the ability to:
Understand the social construction of gender and sexuality, and its intersections with other social sciences and social justice
Analyze how power operates in gendered societies and a global context
Work with our top-notch faculty to examine gender identity through the lens of a variety of disciplines, including literature, history, popular culture, sociology, religious studies, and more.
Develop skills in research, writing, and critical thinking
You can also join the Goshen Student Women’s Association (GSWA), a student-run club whose mission is to build community and create a safe space to discuss women’s issues and other concerns.
Expand Your Major and Career Path
When entering the job market, organizations will value your unique, informed perspectives on contemporary issues related to gender and sexuality. A women’s and gender studies minor will prepare you for many different careers, including:
Social work & human services
Counseling & domestic violence support
Completing your women’s and gender studies minors will also give you an edge in graduate school in fields such as women’s studies, sociology, anthropology, psychology, public health, law, and more.
Join Us for an Enriching Program
If interested in the women’s & gender studies minor, reach out by completing the form below. We are excited to see you at Goshen College! Financial aid is available.
Sam Carlson was a peace, justice and conflict studies major with a minor in women’s and gender studies who takes his PJCS studies seriously. In the summer of 2014, he served at a conflict resolution center in Palestine.
Becca Yoder, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, graduated in 2013. She is a singer, a Spanish interpreter, a volunteer and a peacemaker who came to Goshen College to study social work, Spanish and women's studies.