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The purpose of the Gender Studies Minor (GSM), which offers cross-listed courses in sixteen departments across Bloomsburg campus, is the study of social, cultural, and historical constructions of gender and its intersections with other constructions such as race, class, nation, and sexuality.
The program investigates gender relationships and inequalities in a variety of societal contexts and strives to provide co-curricular experiences to enhance the Gender Studies Minor curriculum and raise awareness about issues of gender.
Eighteen credit hours are required to complete this minor program.
Research draws spotlight
Albra Wheeler and Jacqueline Whitman, two Gender Studies Minor students, recently presented research papers at The Multiple Faces of Activism: Feminism in the 21st Century conference at the University of Akron, which was open to undergraduate and graduate students from several states.
Wheeler's paper, "The Wonderbra: Oppression vs. Liberation in a Patriarchal Society," traces the evolvement of modern brasseries and looks at the bra through historical and feminist perspectives and aims to establish whether the “Wonderbra” signifies submission to or emancipation from the patriarchal society.
Whitman's paper, "Womanhouse: Opening the Closed Door," is a study of three bathrooms, “Nightmare Bathroom,” “Lipstick Bathroom,” and “Menstruation Bathroom,” which symbolically represent the anguish women endure in their private lives.
Both students are recipients of the Student Professional Development Awards from the College of Liberal Arts.
Additionally, Wheeler won the Emerging Scholar Award, given to a conference presenter by the Committee for Research on Women and Gender of the University of Akron in recognition of a student who displays exemplary scholarship. This award also recognizes a student with a demonstrated commitment to women's and gender issues.