Minor in Gender and Diversity Studies

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world."

Mahatma Gandhi

Gender and Diversity

Earn a minor in GDS! Today's workplace, regardless of your chosen profession, demands an awareness of, and an appreciation for, the spectrum of issues related to gender and diversity. Rather than waiting for on-the-job training, gain a competitive edge and enhance your major field of study through this extensively interdisciplinary program. Whether you're pursuing a career in business, communications, the arts, education, health, humanities, social sciences, or human services, this program can only benefit you as an informed citizen and a successful professional.

"It is impossible to make sense out of either our past or our present without using race, class and gender as central categories of description and analysis."

Paula S. Rothenbergfrom Race, Class and Gender in the United States (1995)

Gender and Diversity Studies Minor: 18 hours

Required Course: GDS 201 (Introduction to Gender and Diversity Studies)

Choose 18 hours of electives. (At least six hours must be upper-division completed in residence at Murray State.)

  • ANT 140: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 329: North American Indians
  • ANT 343: Minorities in the United States
  • ANT 344: The Black Experience
  • ANT 596: The Minority Elderly
  • ARC 150: Introduction to Archaeology
  • ARC 380: Gender Archaeology
  • ART 211: Ancient and Medieval Art or ART 212: Art from the Renaissance to the Present
  • ART 356: The Art of Non-Western Cultures
  • CHN 340: Chinese Diversity Through Food
  • COM 340: Intercultural Communication
  • ECO 140: Contemporary Economics
  • ENG 245: African-American Literature
  • ENG 250: Contemporary World Literature
  • ENG 318: Women's Literature
  • ENG 319: Gay and Lesbian Literature
  • ENG 320: Survey in African-American Literature
  • GDS 351: Open Topics in Gender and Diversity
  • GDS 412: Directed Study in Multicultural, Class and Gender Studies
  • EES 110: World Geography
  • HIS 309: Survey of World Religions
  • HIS 320: African-American History
  • HIS 340: Modern East Asia
  • HIS 350: History of Latin America
  • HIS 354: Ancient Middle East
  • HIS 355: Islamic Middle East
  • HIS 359: Early India
  • HIS 360: Modern India
  • HIS 370: History of Africa
  • HIS 415: Women in History
  • HIS 450: Modern Africa
  • HIS 451: Slavery and Africa
  • HIS 472: Modern China
  • HIS 474: China in Revolution
  • HIS 475: Modern Japan
  • HIS 481: Revolutionary Mexico 1810 to the Present
  • MUS 108: Journeys of Sound: Introduction to World Music
  • PHI 255: Philosophy of Race
  • POL 342: Ethnic Politics
  • POL 445: Constitutional Law I: Developments and Trends
  • POL 453: Government and Politics of Latin America
  • POL 454: Government and Politics of Asia
  • PSY 221: Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • PSY 302: Topical Seminar
  • SOC 231: Social Problems
  • SOC 250: Global Sociology
  • SOC 269: Popular Culture
  • SOC 331: The Family
  • SOC 334: Sociology of Migration
  • SOC 337: Social Inequality
  • SOC 343: Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 355: Sociology of Gender
  • SWK 225: Human Diversity

Or one of the following:

  • CHN 105: Introduction to Chinese Culture
  • FRE 105: Introduction to French Culture
  • GER 105: Introduction to German Culture
  • JPN 105: Introduction to Japanese Culture
  • SPA 105: Introduction to Hispanic Culture

The requirements listed above are an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. 

View requirements in the Academic Bulletin

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Dr. Josh Adair

Associate Professor of English
Coordinator of Gender and Diversity Studies


7B-12 Faculty Hall, Murray State University, Murray KY 42071-3341

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