2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Gender and Women's Studies (minor)

The minor in Gender and Women’s Studies focuses on gender as a primary category of human experience. The universality of this experience, combined with the uniqueness of its expression in every individual, makes gender an ideal site for the rigorous inquiry and respectful dialogue that characterize a well-rounded liberal arts education.

At Cal Lutheran, Gender & Women’s studies is an interdisciplinary curriculum that examines the role of gender in history, the workplace and other social institutions. The program encompasses disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies

15 credits minimum.

WOMS/SOC 210Introduction to Gender Studies4
Select three of the following:12
Small Group Communication
Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Crime
Gender and Literature: Global
United States Women's History
Women in Global History
The Psychology of Sex and Gender
Queer Theology
Sexual Ethics
Women and Religion
Sexuality and Society
Contemporary Issues in Gender Studies
Family and Intimate Relationships
Women and Politics
Total Hours16


Lower Division

WOMS 210. Introduction to Gender Studies. (4).

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to foundational knowledge in gender studies, including the history of feminism, the development of women's studies, and fundamental feminist theories and research methodology. Also, the course takes an intersectional approach to studying those who have different sex and gender identities by looking at how sources of social power and privilege such as race, sexuality, and social class shape constructions of femininities and masculinities in everyday interactions and in social institutions.(Cross-listed with Soc 210).

Upper Division

WOMS 490. Independent Study. (1-4).


Program Coordinator

Dr. Peter Carlson


Dr. Adina Nack

Dr. Michaela Reaves

Associate professors

Dr. Haco Hoang

Dr. Bryan Rasmussen

Dr. Allison Wee

Dr. Akiko Yasuike