Gender Studies (GS) Minor

The AUA’s Gender Studies minor aims to provide students with a transdisciplinary program to explore the meaning of gender and how gender intersects with ability, age, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and cultural practices. Students will examine how gender influences human experiences, knowledge construction, and power relations.  The Gender Studies minor will help students prepare for further studies or careers in fields such as education, public relations, human resources, social work, law, journalism, business, non-profit management, public health, medicine, artificial intelligence, and politics.

The Gender Studies Minor (GS) consists of 15 credits (5 courses)


Required courses (2 courses) At least 3 additional courses (at least two of which must be upper division)

1. CHSS 189 Gender Perspectives, and 

2. CHSS 294 Advanced Studies in Gender 


 CHSS 297 Research Projects in Gender Studies 


LAW 142 Introduction to Human Rights

CHSS 205 Learning, Activism and Social Movements

CHSS 235 Women/Gender and the Visual Arts

CHSS 238 Psychology of Gender

CHSS 201 Comparative Education

CHSS 292 Gender & Social Change

CHSS 295 Special Topics in the Arts (as relevant and determined and announced ahead of time)

CHSS 296 Special Topics in Social Sciences (as relevant and determined and announced ahead of time, for instance, Gender and Genocide)

CHSS 296 Special Topics in Social  Sciences: Armenian Women’s History in the Global Context

EC 261 Special Topics in Comparative Media Studies: Women in Film

EC 275 Critical Theory in Literature

EC 295 Special Topics: History of Western Armenian Feminist Literature





Upon completion of the minor students will be able to:

Critically engage with key concepts and theoretical frameworks central to Gender Studies.

Recognize the significance of gender in the ways in which social life is organized.

Analyze diverse individual and collective experiences and critically examine how they have shaped, and been shaped by, local and global hierarchies.

Discuss how gender intersects with other axes of power such as ability, sexuality, faith, race, class, and ethnicity.

Develop individually-tailored projects related to their intellectual interests.

Identify career paths and further studies in which the various aspects of the minor can be applied.