The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

Mission, objectives and intended outcomes


The Minor in Gender studies falls within one of LAU’s core missions namely commitment to civic engagement, the advancement of scholarship, and the education of the whole person. It also complements the mission of the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) that strives to promote gender equality through academic research and intellectual rigor as well as social activism. The minor in gender studies provides students with an interdisciplinary education that combines the knowledge, experience, practical skills, and tools that are needed to understand gender studies, address its complexities, and counter the prevalent gender misconceptions through academic research and civic engagement. It will also prepare students for graduate studies.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Minor in Gender Studies should be able to:

  1. Acquire theoretical knowledge, interdisciplinary competencies, and practical skills, which facilitates the pursuing of graduate work in gender studies or other related fields.
  2. Pursue careers in governmental and non-governmental organizations, ministries, as well as national, regional, and international agencies focusing on development and humanitarian work across a broad range of sectors.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. At the completion of this program, students are able to:
  2. Analyze critically the major theories and concepts in gender studies and the various research methodologies appropriate to inter-disciplinary inquiry.
  3. Evaluate recent advances in gender issues and their impact on society.
  4.  Demonstrate ability to analyze complex gender issues and explain how gender infiltrates all disciplines.
  5. Integrate a gender perspective into academic and professional endeavors.
  6. Acquire effective communication skills and leadership techniques.

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