Skip to Main Content

Gender Studies - Minor

Minor degrees offered

Gender Studies at Lindenwood University

The courses offered at Lindenwood University motivate students beyond common accounts of gender to analyze its complex constructions in our different historical periods, in various cultures, and through changing global practices. In addition to its focus on the history and achievements of women, gender scholarship addresses men's lives, masculinity, and the lives of people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

The overall mission of the gender studies program is to provide you with a quality and comprehensive undergraduate education, to promote an integration of gender scholarship into the university curriculum, and to foster the growth of an interdisciplinary community of scholars who are interested in gender as an important category of analysis.

Earning a Minor in Gender Studies

Earning a minor in gender studies requires the successful completion of two core courses (six credits): GS 20100 A Global Introduction to Gender Studies and GS 30000 Gender Theory, plus four general electives (12 credits) approved for the gender studies minor selected from among the following options* for a total of 18 credit hours. See the catalog for current course listings.

The Benefits of a Minor in Gender Studies

As a gender studies student at Lindenwood University, you will acquire a variety of valuable and marketable skills including writing, public speaking, critical thinking, organization, conflict resolution, diversity training and more. Our faculty members are from numerous departments across the university.

The interdisciplinary and global perspective that you will be exposed to in the gender studies program will foster growth and prove to be a solid foundation in whatever field or career path you choose.

Gender studies minors will be well-prepared for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, human rights advocacy, as well as graduate studies in law, medicine, human relations, education, business, information science, communications, fine arts, public health or academic research.

Iota Iota Iota - Gender Studies Honor Society, Gamma Rho chapter

Triota symbol

Lindenwood University currently maintains a chapter of Triota (Iota Iota Iota), which is an academic honor society for the field of Gender Studies. However, you do not have to be a Gender Studies Minor to be a member. The purpose of this organization is to encourage and support scholarship excellence and community service. Iota Iota Iota is named for the ancient goddesses Inanna, Ishtar, and Isis. 

The criteria for membership include:

  • Second semester sophomore status and an overall GPA of 3.0 or above  
  • Having completed at least 2 classes, or 6 credit hours in Gender Studies (elective courses count) with a GPA of 3.0 or above

We encourage all types of majors and minors to apply.  

Lifetime membership is a one-time fee of $10.00. Once your membership application has been approved, you will be contacted regarding the membership fee, payment for which can be made at the Business office.

Upon the processing of your membership fee, you will receive a formal letter welcoming you to the organization. At an annual induction ceremony, new members will be recognized and presented with their membership certificates. To remain active, members are encouraged to complete 10 hours of service related to gender issues each semester. Several service opportunities will be offered to group members. 

Members who graduate in good standing will be given an honor cord and Triota pin to wear with their graduate regalia.

If you are interested in membership, please contact Dr. Heather Brown-Hudson for an application. 

Contact the Gender Studies Program at Lindenwood University

If you are interested in learning more about this inspiring and fulfilling minor track, we invite you to contact Dr. Heather Brown-Hudson at (636) 255-2286 or

Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301