Because the Gender Studies Program is interdisciplinary, faculty from across campus teach courses which count for Gender Studies credit. Courses for the minor analyze the cultural constructs of gender, the systemic problem of sexism (and this includes consideration of not just girls and women but also of boys and men), and the extent to which gender marks our sense of self and community.
We offer courses in the following departments:
- Geography, Geology and the Environment
- Political Science
- Interdisciplinary Programs
Cindy LaCom, the Director, earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon in 1993 and has taught at Slippery Rock University for 25 years. She integrates gender and feminist issues into her teaching and scholarship, and an interest in Disability Studies also informs her work. She is fascinated by questions about how different bodies are invested with varied meanings as cultural texts (in terms of access to or denial of power, stigma and the "management" of that stigma, how we might change prejudice and bias). The minor and program were established 29 years ago by the former director, Jace Condravy, and have done important work on and off campus ever since.