Minor in Gender Studies

Our program will raise awareness on the importance of gender in understanding issues related to social change, social justice, human rights, gender inequalities, etc.

Through the interdisciplinary courses offered, you will be armed with the knowledge, tools, and practical experience to incorporate gender into various fields such as conflict resolution, diplomacy, human rights, education, politics, and others. This minor will build a base of knowledge on and interest in gender issues and will feed directly into our MA in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.

This program falls within one of LAU’s core missions namely commitment to civic engagement, the advancement of scholarship, and the education of the whole person. It also complements the mission of the  Arab Institute for Women (AiW) that strives to promote gender equality through academic research and intellectual rigor as well as social activism.

Who Can Apply?

The variety of courses offered might fall within the interest of students majoring in political science, international affairs, social work, migration studies, communication arts, journalism, literature, and business to mention a few.

What Will I Learn?

At the completion of this program, you should be able to:

Your Career

The program helps you acquire theoretical knowledge, interdisciplinary competencies, and practical skills, which facilitates the pursuing of graduate work in gender studies or other related fields.

Upon graduation, you will be able pursue careers in governmental and non-governmental organizations, ministries, as well as national, regional, and international agencies focusing on development and humanitarian work across a broad range of sectors.


For a Minor in Gender Studies, you must complete 18 credits.

Core Minor Requirements (9 Credits)

Number Course
SOC215 Introduction to Gender Studies
WOS313 Women in the Arab World: Sociological Perspectives
WOS311 Issues & Debates in Feminist Theory

Minor Electives: Choose any three courses (9 credits)

Number Course
WOS412 Representations of Women in the Arts & the Media
WOS312 Women and Economic Power
POL201 Introduction to Political Science
POL231 Introduction to Human Rights
POL252 Fundamentals of Conflict Resolution
POL357 Globalization and Political Change
PJE201 Cross-Cultural Communication and Conflict.
SWO201 Introduction to Social Work/Social Welfare
SWO311 Social Problems, Stratification & Marginalization
SWO313 Family and Child Welfare
SWO411 Sustainable Community Development: Theories & Practice
SWO210 Introduction to Community Development
SOC321 Sociology in the Arab World
ENG283 Language and Gender 
ENG376 Gender in Literature
JSC224 Social Media
COM312  Communication and Gender