Where did today's ideas about "femininity" and "masculinity" originate? How has gender shaped people's experiences, movements, and even major events throughout history?

Our students explore the multiple meanings and roles of gender and how they relate to other social categories like race, class, age, sexuality, religions and nationality. You'll contemplate gender in national and international contexts, developing theoretical and methodological perspectives on the status and experience of men and women.

A minor in gender history gives our students a broader understanding of individuals and societies — preparing them for fulfilling careers in management, law, academia, counseling, education, library, museum or archival work, as well as health care, social services, public administration, writing, publishing and the media.
Program Requirements

Students choosing a minor in gender history are required to take five courses. One or two courses should be at the introductory level to gain a general understanding of historical methods, regional contexts, narrative, and chronology.

The remaining three or four specialized upper-level courses in gender history should be selected from the following list:

  • HIST 204 Japanese Culture: Gender, Family, and Society
  • HIST 207 Gender, Family, and Society in Modern China
  • HIST 215 Women and Gender in U.S. History before 1890
  • HIST 216 Women and Gender in U.S. History since 1890
  • HIST 219 History of Sexuality and the Family
  • HIST 230 Women and Gender in Europe
  • HIST 360 Seminar in the History of Women and Gender
Faculty
    Laura Prieto
    • Laura Prieto
    • Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Department Chair of History
    • Phone: 617-521-2253
    • Office: C319F
    Stephen Berry
    • Stephen Berry
    • Associate Professor of History
    • Phone: 617-521-2272
    • Office: C319C
    Zhigang Liu
    • Zhigang Liu
    • Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2238
    • Office: C319B
    Steve Ortega
    • Stephen Ortega
    • Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in History/Archives Management
    • Phone: 617-521-2251
    • Office: C319E
All faculty »
How to Apply
So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.