Gender Equity, Social Institutions, and Public Affairs Minor


The gender equity, social institutions, and public affairs minor is an interdisciplinary course of study that equips you with the ability to view the social domain of public affairs, institutions, practices, and policies through a gendered lens and prepares you for future potential roles as advocates and leaders in the struggle toward gender equity and social justice.

This minor explores the influence of gender in its intersection with sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, race, class, and disability within the social, institutional, and policy environment. You will learn to analyze domains of power within the economic, political, and social structures (including the family); identify gender inequities and inequalities; evaluate and implement theories, methods, and practices for challenging gendered discrimination; and learn leadership and communicative strategies to increase inclusiveness and social justice, and to improve lives and well-being at the individual and collective levels.

As gender is such a pervasive dimension of public life and policies, the minor is beneficial to students in all professions and especially those interested in promoting gender justice in the fields of sustainability and development, industry and transportation, economics and finances, human rights, the legal and judicial systems, health, international peace and security, and urban, environmental, and energy policies.

Notes about this minor:

  • This minor is closed to students pursuing a minor in women's and gender studies.
  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).


The plan code for Gender Equity, Social Institutions, and Public Affairs Minor is GESIPA-MN.