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Gender Studies

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Minor in

Gender Studies

Examine the ways in which gender and sexuality inform and shape our human experiences with a gender studies minor at Linfield. Because all aspects of our lives are impacted by the ways in which we assign meaning to gender and sexuality – communications, families, politics, education, religion, work – gaining an understanding of how gendered identity and meaning are produced and reproduced, institutionalized, resisted, changed and enacted is important for everyone.

As a gender studies minor at Linfield

you might take:

Gender and Society

Discover the many ways that gender shapes – visibly and invisibly – our everyday lives. (SOAN 205)

Women in Religion

Examination of the depictions of women and roles that women play in selected religious traditions. (GENS 342)

Gendered Communication

The interdependence of gender, communication and culture including ways concepts of gender are created and affirmed or challenged by communication. (GENS 332)

Minoring in gender studies at Linfield

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain gender as an intellectual frame of analysis that has significantly changed disciplinary paradigms across the academy, including their own primary fields, and thus become a crucial stie of knowledge-construction in its own right

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  • Participate in the cross-disciplinary conversations that informed gender analysis demands, culminating in a synthesizing capstone seminar that draws together upper-division minors from a wide variety of fields to compare their respective intellectual paradigms in terms of gender theory

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  • Recognize the aesthetic and spiritual as well as academic dimensions of gender as a means of constructing meaning through experience

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Ways to get involved around campus

Beyond the Classroom


SAGE stands for Students Advocating for Gender Equality. The organization actively works toward this at Linfield University and in the greater community.

Join Fusion

Fusion is Linfield's queer student union. Find opportunities to talk about experiences and learn about sexuality and gender with a focus on LGBTQA+ social climates at Linfield as well as globally.

The interdisciplinary advantage

Learn to examine and understand gender and sexuality from a wide range of perspectives through the gender studies curriculum that spans across multiple areas of study.

Connect with faculty in diverse disciplines

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, Ph.D.: Professor of English and Program Coordinator Brenda DeVore Marshall, Ph.D.: Professor of Theatre and Communication Arts
Amy Orr, Ph.D.: Professor of Sociology and Program Coordinator Dawn Nowacki, Ph.D.: Professor of Political Science
Tania Carrasquillo Hernández, Ph.D: Associate Professor of Global Languages and Cultural Studies Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Ph.D.: Professor of English
Hillary Crane, Ph.D.: Associate Professor of Anthropology John Sagers, Ph.D.: Professor of History
Virlena Crosley, D.B.A.: Associate Professor of Business Sonia Ticas, Ph.D.: Professor of Global Languages and Cultural Studies
David Fiordalis, Ph.D.: Associate Professor of Religious Studies Lissa Wadewitz, Ph.D.: Professor of History
Sharon Bailey Glasco, Ph.D.: Professor of English Yanna Weisberg, Ph.D.: Associate Professor of Psychology

Meet our gender studies alumni

Life After Linfield

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Adam Myren '16
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The Benefits of a Gender Studies Minor
“I feel very lucky to have been in the gender studies program at Linfield. It was challenging and plain enjoyable, and it has served me so well in life as well as my work as a public defender.”
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Mackenzie Fraser
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Reflecting On My Linfield Studies
"My experiences in Linfield’s language programs truly opened up the world for me through study abroad and the Fulbright grant. They continue to encourage me to seek out mutual understanding and global citizenship in my personal and professional life to this day."

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Do you have questions about minoring in gender studies at Linfield? Reach out! We'd love to connect with you.

Amy OrrAmy Orr
Professor and Program Coordinator

Reshmi Dutt-BallerstadtReshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt
Professor and Program Coordinator