Gender and Diversity Studies

Program Features

The Gender and Diversity Studies (GDST) major acquaints students with insight on gender and diversity in their broadest, most inclusive sense. Courses in the program facilitate the development of students' critical thinking skills, knowledge base and intellectual frameworks for analyzing and exploring the nature of diversity.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Gender and Diversity Studies major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • First Year Seminar OR Theology 111 ............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 100 Introduction to Ethics ............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives ............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language ............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA Co-Curriculum Program I ............ 0cr.

Spring

  • Theology 111 OR First Year Seminar ............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 101 English Composition ............ 3cr.
  • Mathematical Perspectives ............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language II ............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 200 Philosophical Perspectives ............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA Co-Curriculum Program II ............ 0cr.

Fall

  • Intro to Gender and Diversity Studies ............ 3cr.
  • Diversity in American Context course ............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perpectives ............ 3cr.
  • Writing Intensive Elective ............ 3cr.
  • E/RS elective ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Diversity in a Global Context ............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives ............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perpectives ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Gender and Diversity Studies Intersectionality Course ............ 3cr.
  • Gender and Diversity Studies Elective ............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 205 Literature and Moral Imagination ............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Gender and Diversity Studies Theory Course ............ 3cr.
  • Gender and Diversity Studies Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Soc. Sci core Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Oral Communications Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Gender and Diversity Studies elective ............ 3cr.
  • Gender and Diversity Studies elective ............ 3cr.
  • Gender and diversity Studies 498 - Gender and Diversity Studies Capstone ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Gender and Diversity Studies elective ............ 3cr.
  • Gender and Diversity Studies elective ............ 3cr.
  • Gender and diversity Studies 498 - Gender and Diversity Studies Capstone ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Gender and Diversity Studies major at Xavier:

Feminist Theory (ENGL 366) - This course considers some of the major tenets of and issues in contemporary feminist theories and their applications to literary texts.

Gender and Society (SOCI 262) - Women in Social, economic, and structural (bureaucratic) settings. An examination of changing roles and status.

Major Black Writers of World (ENGL 344) - Study of black authors from around the world with emphasis on African, Caribbean, and British Commonwealth writers.

Sex and Violence In Media (COMM 324) - Explores reasons behind the prevalence of sexual and violent media content and with the impact of this content. Course topics will include psychological reasons why people consume such content, legal and market forces that encourage the creation of sexual and violent content, and the theoretical individual and Social effects of consuming this type of content.

Clubs

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Specialized Courses

The GDST major has two potential concentrations: Women's and Gender Studies or Race and Ethnicity. Students can craft their courses with a concentration in mind to further specialize their degree to their own interests.


Flexible Curriculum

Students only have two required courses that all GDST majors take: an intro class and a senior seminar. The rest of the curriculum is interdisciplinary in nature, and students have a ton of flexibility in meeting degree requirements through the courses, and disciplinary specialties, that most appeal to them. The GDST director works with each major to tailor their degree courses to the student's own interests and career goals.


Faculty Mentorship

All GDST majors invest in a year-long thesis project under the direction of a faculty thesis advisor. This opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member on a unique research project will prepare students well for a variety of career and graduate school options.


Gender and Diversity Studies Major at Xavier University

The Gender and Diversity major at Xavier University coincides with the educational mission of Xavier University: to educate students about issues of peace and justice and to develop awareness of the variety of human cultural experiences. Graduates with concentrations in gender and diversity studies regularly enter graduate and professional schools. Others work in business, government, health, social services, schools and museums. Be a part of inspiring change and examine privilege, peace, justice, identity and awareness in the modern world.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."