We are interested in how gender intersects with definitions of nationality, race, ethnicity, and class; and how gender identities are constantly redefined over time. By exploring the relationship between gender identity and cultural meaning, we prepare students to think comparatively, structurally, and critically about their experiences and impact on the world. 

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What is Gender Studies?

The Gender Studies Program at Pacific is an interdisciplinary program that involves a variety of courses in different disciplines: art history, biology, classics, English, French, health exercise and sport sciences, history, psychology, religion, sociology, and Spanish. All deal with issues of gender.

Explore the Minor

  • The social construction of masculine and feminine identities
  • How gender intersects with nationality, race, ethnicity and class
  • The way in which gender identities are redefined over time
  • Gender representations in art, film and literature
  • How gender impacts the practice of science, health and medicine
  • How gender is perceived in other countries 

The Experience

By exploring the relationship between gender identity and cultural meaning, we prepare you to think comparatively, structurally and critically about your experiences and your impact on the world.

The Gender Studies minor is comprised of five courses (20 units). The director of the Gender Studies Program serves as the adviser for all minors.

Extracurricular activities are an integral part of the Gender Studies Program. We organize and support a variety of events pertaining to gender and diversity. Examples include:

  • Guest lectures
  • Art shows
  • Student research conferences
  • Film showings
  • Leadership conferences

We often collaborate with the Ethnic Studies Program, the Humanities Center, the PRIDE Center and other groups on campus on many activities.

  • Ethnic Studies
  • Humanities Center
  • PRIDE Center
  • Women's Resource Center

The Gender Studies Program has organized events such as the Gender, Race and Space Conference in which students from Pacific and other universities present their own research related to various gender themes and topics. These venues provide excellent opportunities for students to refine their communication skills and be exposed to a wide array of concepts.

The Gender Studies Program faculty participate in a Fall and Spring Research Colloquium in which faculty members present their research related to Gender Studies.

The Gender, Humanities and Ethnic Studies Center (GHES Center) was established to create a common area for students interested or involved in these programs.

Staffed by students Monday through Friday, the GHES Center is located on the first floor of the Wendell Phillips Center (WPC) building. It is open to all who wish to drop by for conversation and coffee, to learn more about the programs it supports, or to simply relax.

The Gender Studies Program holds its faculty research presentations in the center, and students are welcome to use it for student club meetings.

Contact Us

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Department of Gender Studies
209-946-2270 jhelgren@pacific.edu