The gender studies minor allows students to examine such issues as the biological and social basis of gender, changes in conceptions of gender over time, and the impact of gender on both society and individual lives. It is designed to enrich understanding of gender issues for both men and women through a cross-disciplinary perspective. Students will critically examine a broad range of gender categories to investigate topics in sexuality, social life, politics and culture, the world of work, literature, the arts, philosophy and religion. The minor encourages in students a spirit of inquiry that will prepare them to function effectively as integrated human beings in a diverse and rapidly evolving society in which gender differences play an increasingly important part. It is recommended for all students pursuing careers in education, journalism, business, public affairs, the arts, the humanities and the social sciences.