Gender and Diversity Studies Minor Curriculum

Effective Fall 2011, The Gender and Diversity Studies (GDST) Minor is an 18-hour interdisciplinary minor open to all Xavier undergraduates and compatible with any major. The minor acquaints students with scholarship on gender and diversity in their broadest, most inclusive sense. Courses in the minor facilitate the development of students' critical thinking skills, knowledge base, and intellectual frameworks for analyzing and exploring the nature of diversity including socioeconomic, political, psychological, and cultural experiences and positions between and among individuals and groups defined by gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, age, religious beliefs, and physical/mental abilities. Students in the minor examine the individual and collective experiences of traditionally disenfranchised as well as privileged social groups, investigating the conceptual roots of identity as well as similarities and differences among them. 

Note: See the old requirements below if you are a student who arrived to Xavier prior to 2011.

Students are required to take the following courses:

1) Introductory Course (not required for students who's first semester at Xavier was prior to Fall 2013)

SOCW 206 Introduction to Gender and Diversity Studies

2) At least one upper-level intersectionality course from the following list. These classes explore both the social construction of identity and multiple axes of identity and difference, taking into consideration the various ways they may interrelate or intersect:

COMM 323 Race, Class, Gender, & the Media
COMM 324 Sex & Violence in the Media
ENGL 359 Gender & Diversity in Film                   
HIST 324 The African-American Struggle / Equality
SOCW 315 Values, Poverty, & Society
SOCW 318 Trends in Modern Society: Race Relations
SOCW 404 Religion, Ethics, & Professional Practice
SPMG 410 Sport Ethics
THEO 322 Black Theology
THEO 358 Immigration, Theology, & Ethics
THEO 372 Seminar: Disability, Ethics, & Theology
THEO 316, POLI 316, HIST 350 Globalization (departmental designations may change yearly)

3) 12 credit hours of approved GDST electives (15 credit hours for students not required to take the introductory course).

Students must take courses in at least three different disciplines and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in courses for the minor. Half of the credit hours completed must be in courses at the 200-level or above.


GENDER AND DIVERSITY STUDIES MINOR (for students admitted prior to Fall 2011)

The minor is a 15-hour interdisciplinary program open to all Xavier undergraduates and compatible with any major. A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained in all these courses. Courses can be arranged to overlap with core curriculum and major requirements.  Students must also complete at least one course at the 300-level or above to count as their “exit seminar” and half of the credit hours completed must be in courses at the 200-level or above.