Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic minor program of study that takes as its focus the history, development, and consequences of culturally acquired sexual identities.
Women's and Gender Studies is a field of study as complex as the many disciplines it weaves together. At USD, those disciplines include anthropology, business, communication studies, economics, English, French, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion and sociology.
Women's and Gender Studies addresses such topics as:
- The acquisition of gender identity across cultures
- The influence of gender upon spirituality, moral choice, creativity, and language use
- The relationship of gender to a wide spectrum of social problems such as poverty and violence
- The history of various gender-related issues such as family life, marriage, reproduction, divorce, childrearing, sexual behavior and sexual orientation.