UNCP to offer
a minor in Gender Studies
By Scott Bigelow
Gender studies will
be offered as a minor course of study at The University of North Carolina
at Pembroke beginning in fall 2004.
The program has
an 18-hour requirement, that includes six hours of core courses and
12 hours of electives from disciplines, including sociology, criminal
justice, social work, history, English, American Indian studies and
nursing. Any student may elect the minor.
Leslie Hossfeld is the coordinator of the program and will teach a core
"I am going
to launch the core course - Gender and Society - in spring 2005,"
Dr. Hossfeld said. "When we talk about gender studies, we are not
just talking about women. Examining the way masculinity and femininity
are constructed is a major component."
As an interdisciplinary
program, starting a Gender Studies program required cooperation from
across campus, Dr. Hossfeld said.
"I am glad
that gender studies has been institutionalized, and I am glad it's interdisciplinary,"
she said. "It was fairly easy to get everyone on board. My hope
is that other departments will begin to offer courses that may be incorporated
into the minor."
provides an academic approach to thinking critically about the origin
and meaning of gender identity and the impact of gender on our lives,"
Dr. Hossfeld said. Gender studies will look at family, health, historical,
economic, social and cultural issues.
A lecture by feminist
scholar Margaret Anderson will be a highlight of the launch of UNCP's
gender studies program.
is an internationally recognized feminist scholar, who has written many
books on the intersections of race, class and gender," Dr. Hossfeld
Dr. Hossfeld wrote
a grant for a Feminist Lectureship Award of the Sociologists for Women
in Society to host Dr. Andersen. UNCP's Department of Sociology, the
Distinguished Speaker Series, the Office of Minority Affairs and the
Teaching and Learning Center will co-sponsor the lecture.
Dr. Hossfeld, who
spent 10 years teaching in South Africa as Apartheid was breaking up,
is a research sociologist whose primary field of study is poverty and
inequality. She is currently working on a manufacturing "job loss"'
project in Robeson County that included a March 28 Washington, D.C.,
briefing for the Congressional Rural Caucus, that included 7th District
(Robeson) U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre.
More than 50 UNCP
students, faculty and staff participated in the Washington briefing.
Dr. Hossfeld did
her undergraduate work at UNC Wilmington, earned a master's degree in
sociology from the University of Mississippi and a doctorate from NC
For more information
on gender studies at UNCP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 910.521.6472.
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