Awareness of gender issues is crucial for many occupations and careers (such as law, management, medicine, etc.). It is also crucial as Christians actively work toward reconciliation between genders. A gender studies minor will prepare you to deal with the complexities of gender concerns in the contemporary world.


The gender studies minor is a flexible interdisciplinary program that consists of five courses taken from at least four different departments, plus a capstone course. Courses can be taken in areas such as communications, literature, political science, sociology, philosophy and religion.

Careers in Gender Studies

  • Lawyer
  • Social Worker
  • Minister
  • Professor
  • Journalist
  • Writer

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Student involvement

Join the Social Justice Coalition; attend events offered by the gender studies program or the Sexuality Series.


New students are automatically considered for general academic scholarships ranging from $1,000-15,000 based on a careful review of their application materials.

For a complete listing of departmental scholarships available to first-year students, use the Scholarship Search ».


Christiana deGroot

Christiana deGroot
Department of Religion
HH 307
(616) 526-7042

Kristin Du Mez

Kristin Du Mez
Associate Professor
Department of History
HH 488
(616) 526-6809

Ruth Groenhout

Ruth Groenhout
Professor of Philosophy, Department Chair
Department of Philosophy
HH 352
(616) 526-6412

Mark Mulder

Mark Mulder
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
SC 229
(616) 526-6755

Christina Van Dyke

Christina Van Dyke
Professor of Philosophy Director, Gender Studies Program Executive Director, Society of Christian Philosophers
Department of Philosophy
HH 350
(616) 526-6676

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Christina Van Dyke Christina Van Dyke
Program Director
Department of Philosophy
HH 350
(616) 526-6676


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