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. Rothenberg, from 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.


Dr. Josh Adair

7B-12 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341

270-809-4540 phone

270-809-4545 fax