Gender Studies Minor

Gender Studies Minor


Description. Gender studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores the making and meaning of gender-femininity and masculinity-as well as sexuality across cultures and social formations, past and present. The underlying belief of gender studies is that gender influences human options, conditions and experiences. Legal, political, economic and cultural systems are shaped by assumptions about gender and sexuality. Deep understanding of gender patterns, dynamics and biases can enhance the accuracy and scope of work in many fields, including criminal justice, psychology, anthropology, sociology, literature, philosophy and history. Gender awareness benefits individuals, communities and organizations.

Learning Outcomes. Students will:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of key concepts in gender studies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think reflexively about one’s subject position within the literature of Gender Studies courses.
  • Identify assumptions about gender and sexuality, including an awareness of how gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation intersect, and how these intersections influence constructions of human identity in historical, cultural, and geographic contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to connect scholarly inquiry about gender and sexuality to theories and institutions of justice, criminality and human rights, as per John Jay’s mission.


Rationale. One of the strengths of gender studies is that it teaches critical analysis by taking one of our most basic experiences-that of being a gendered human being-and forces us to question its meaning within a broad range of frameworks. Because students in the minor take courses from a variety of disciplines, such as government, Latin American and Latina/o Studies, law and police science, and literature, they are exposed to many different methodological approaches and theoretical debates. Students who earn a Gender Studies minor learn to be supple and critical thinkers, skills that will enhance their eligibility for any post–graduate work or career.

A minor in Gender Studies is very flexible. Like majors or minors in other social science and humanities disciplines, the Gender Studies minor does not prepare students for one job, but for many different kinds of employment. Gender studies courses train students in critical thinking, social science and humanities research methods and writing. Coursework provides knowledge about the interplay of gender, race, class and sexuality in the United States and globally. The ability to apply an internship toward credit in the minor allows students the opportunity to evaluate possible careers and provides employment experiences that help graduates find employment. A minor in Gender Studies, with its combination of cross–disciplinary, analytic and practical skills, provides a well–rounded graduate with the tools to adapt to a world of rapidly changing work and family structures.

Students who pursue gender studies have gone on to work in social services administration, domestic violence advocacy, business, communications, journalism, law enforcement, psychological and counseling services, legal and political fields, and a host of other careers.

Minor coordinator. Professor Antonio (Jay) Pastrana, Jr., Department of Sociology (212-237-8665,

Additional information. Students who enrolled for the first time at the College in September 2016 or thereafter must complete the minor in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the minor. A copy of the earlier version can be obtained in the Undergraduate Bulletin 2015-16

Requirements. The Gender Studies minor allows students to focus on the meanings and implications of gender by taking two required courses and four courses (18 credits) from the rich variety of gender studies courses offered in the social sciences and humanities. The gender studies coordinator compiles a list of all courses offered in the minor prior to student registration and posts it on the Gender Studies minor website: A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student’s major, other minors or programs.

At least one course must be at the 300-level or above. Students minoring in Gender Studies can receive 3 credits toward the minor if they do an internship in a gender-related field. See the Minor Coordinator listed above for permission.

Credits required. 18

PART ONE. REQUIRED COURSES                                              Subtotal: 6 credits

GEN 101 Introduction to Gender Studies OR ISP 145 Why Gender Matters?
GEN 205 Gender and Justice

PART TWO. ELECTIVES                                                                      Subtotal: 12 credits

Choose at least one course from EACH of the following areas. At least one must be at the 300-level or above.

Category A. Diversities of Gender and Sexualities

Select at least one

AFR 248 Men: Masculinities in the United States
ANT 210 Sex and Culture
ART 222 Body Politics
ART 224 African American Women in Art
COR 320 Race, Class and Gender in a Correctional Context
DRA 243 Black Female Sexuality in Film
DRA 245 Women in Theatre
GEN 255 Biology of Gender & Sexuality
GEN 333/PHI 333 Theories of Gender and Sexuality
GEN 356/HIS 356 Sexuality, Gender, and Culture in Muslim Societies
GEN 364/HIS 364 History of Gender and Sexuality: Prehistory to 1650
GEN 380 Selected Topics in Gender Studies
HIS 270 Marriage in Medieval Europe
HIS 265/LLS 265 Class, Race and Family in Latin American History
HIS 323 History of Lynching and Collective Violence
HIS 375 Female Felons in the Premodern World (was Female Felons in Premodern Europe & Americas)
ISP 334 Sex, Gender and Justice in Global Perspective
LIT 316 Gender and Identity in Literary Traditions
LLS 255 Latin American Womanin Global Society (was Latin American Woman)
SOC 243 Sociology of Sexualities

Category B. Cultural Representations of Genders and Sexualities

Select at least one

CRJ 420/SOC 420 Women and Crime
CSL 260 Gender & Work Life (was Counseling in Gender & Work Life)
ECO 327 The Political Economy of Gender
POL 237 Women and Politics
POL 318 Law & Politics of Sexual Orientation
POL 319 Gender and Law
PSC 235 Women in Policing
PSY 333 Psychology of Gender
SOC 215 Social Control and Gender: Women in American Society
SOC 333 Gender Issues in International Criminal Justice

                                                                                                                                      Total Credit Hours: 18
                                                                                                                                                                                         Last Updated: 2/6/2018