Women's Studies Minor

Minor in women's studies at George Fox, a top Christian college

If you have a keen interest in the role women play in society – specifically their contributions to literature, culture, and Christianity – consider completing the women’s studies minor.

This 18-semester-hour course of study introduces students to the literature and contemporary writings of women from around the world. Students analyze these texts, examine the cultures they represent and keep apprised of current events related to women.

Other topics covered include gender theory, feminist philosophy, gender communication across cultures, sociology of families, and men and women in society.


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Minor Requirements

18 credit hours

Complete the following:
Introduces students to literature that presents the groundwork for women's studies and considers a selection of contemporary texts that apply that perspective. Reading will include significant novels, poems, and essays that demonstrate the history of women's contribution to literature, culture, and Christianity.
Considers contemporary writings from women around the world. Students analyze these literary texts, examine the cultures they represent, and keep apprised of current events related to women. Prerequisite: HUMA 205 Philosophy and Literature, any 100 or 200 level LITR course or equivalent, enrollment in the Honors Program, or instructor permission.
Choose one of the following:
This course is designed expose students to the ways that gender theory, including feminism, womanism, anti-sexism, and masculinism, has developed over the years, and how that theory is applied to literature.
Theology and Biblical Studies are vibrant and dynamic fields of study, with profound implications not only for communities of faith but also for the study of politics, literary studies, philosophy, history, and popular culture. This course will focus on contemporary issues relevant to the research interests and specialties of George Fox University faculty in theology and Bible and will offer an opportunity for students and faculty to collaborate in the dual process of research and personal transformation. Specific topics rotate, and the course can be taken more than once with different topics. Prerequisite: THEO 101 I Believe and THEO 102 I Believe, or by permission.
Theology and Philosophy are vibrant and dynamic fields of study, with profound implications not only for communities of faith but also for the study of politics, literary studies, philosophy, history, and popular culture. This advanced course will focus on contemporary issues relevant to the research interests and specialties of George Fox University faculty in theology and philosophy and will offer an opportunity for students and faculty to collaborate in the dual process of research and personal transformation. Specific topics rotate, and the course can be taken more than once with different topics. Prerequisite: THEO 202 Theology I, THEO 250 Introduction to Philosophy or THEO 302 Theology II.
Choose three of the following:
An in-depth study of a specific era or group found within Western art, such as studies in the Baroque and Rococo, Renaissance, or Women in Art. Specific topics will be dependent on the instructor's area of specialization. Additional course fee is required.
A course designed to introduce students to the nature and function of gender differences in communication on a cross-cultural basis. Examines biological, cultural, linguistic, and power theories that attempt to explain these differences. Focus given to verbal (spoken and written) language as well as nonverbal communication codes. Counts toward globalization requirement.
A study of how societies construct gender similarities and differences. The impact of gender upon individuals and social institutions, and the implications of a sociological understanding of gender for the Christian faith will be explored.
A study of marriage and the family from a sociological perspective, including historical, cross-cultural, and economic backgrounds. A Christian faith perspective will emphasize the worth of people, the importance of the family as a place of nurture, and the gift of marriage. (SOCI 223 and HLTH 223 are identical)
In this course students will be introduced to basic tools and scholarly attitudes for studying the Bible and theology, using a particular biblical book, theme, or theological topic as a focus. Material will be studied not only for academic knowledge but also spiritual and personal growth. Specific topics rotate, and the course can be taken more than once with different topics. Prerequisites include any one of the following: THEO 101 I Believe; THEO 100 Bible Survey; THEO 201 Old Testament or THEO 301 New Testament.

Selected Topics courses under the THEO and ARTS prefixes will only fulfill a minor requirement if they are offered with the topics listed below or are otherwise approved by the Women's Studies faculty advisor.

Approved topic titles:

  • Women and the Bible
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Women in Art
  • Women's Voices in Contemporary Theology
  • Women in Church History

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