Gender Studies


Gender Studies at Morningside is an excellent interdisciplinary option that complements a wide variety of undergraduate majors and programs. You will gain analytical skills while equipping yourself with new perspectives on the world. Examine gender and how its intersections impact your field of study as you enhance your degree in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, arts, education, health care, and more.


Gender Studies


A Great Fit For

  • An individual who is curious about the complexities of gender, sexuality, and identity.
  • Someone who is passionate about fostering equality and understanding in society.
  • A student who possesses strong analytical and critical thinking skills, keen to explore societal norms and behaviors.
  • An empathetic individual who is interested in advocacy and activism, aiming to challenge gender-based discrimination.
  • A person with a career interest in areas where gender issues play a critical role, such as social work, law, education, or public policy.



Opportunities exist for you to take on an internship that pairs your major with your Gender Studies minor. Students have taken positions with organizations such as the Sioux City Human Rights Commission and the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.


You will have the opportunity to travel regionally, nationally, and even internationally for professional conferences, industry field trips, or May Term courses. Travel grants and special scholarship eligibility may be available.

Research & Active Learning

Research is encouraged and celebrated at Morningside. You may choose to study alongside a professor, pursue independent research, or participate in events such as the Palmer Research Symposium. Students have completed community-based research projects in partnership with organizations like the Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Lila Mae’s House, a residential program for survivors of sex trafficking.



This course introduces students to the study of women and gender studies as a field. Students will critically evaluate major gender theories, methods of inquiry, foundation and definition of global women’s and men’s movements, and the intersection of gender to other axes of oppression. This course also investigates the relationship between experience and social justice from a global perspective.


Study of literature by and about women. Specific focus and content will vary from semester to semester.


This is a thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the development of the history of American women. Issues addressed will include: civil and political rights; representative lives and careers of American women; social and political movements; democratization; multicultural aspects of the history of American women; the impacts of economic development and political change; and cultural and intellectual evolution.


The primary objective of the course is to examine the body from a sociological perspective and explore topics related to the body, which include the presentation of the body, social control of the body, gender, race, aging, health, and disability. 


Elizabeth Coody

Elizabeth Coody

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Still looking for the right fit? Here are some additional program options that we think might interest you or are often paired with this program. You can also view the programs page to keep exploring your options.


General Psychology

Legal Studies

Non-profit management

Political Science



student/faculty ratio so you’re assured a quality education focused on you


employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation


majors & pre-professional programs available

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