Gender and Sexuality Studies is a relatively new field of study that seeks to correct institutional neglect, denial and devaluation of the study of women and gender in higher education. For students, this means learning how assumptions and policies regarding gender, race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, physical ability, nationality and other social dimensions shape the material conditions of men’s and women’s lives all over the world. The curriculum is designed to focus students on the relationship between feminist theories and women’s activism throughout history. Gender and Sexuality Studies graduates are equipped to work in any field or profession where analysis and action are integrated.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Engage in constructive discussion and demonstrate knowledge of gender and sexuality’s relationship to social justice and diversity issues.  
  • Apply broad knowledge of the intersectionality of social categories/lived experiences, including but not limited to gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, and nationality.
  • Identify the relationship between privilege and oppression on both individual and systemic levels.
  • Analyze women, gender, and sexuality from a cultural and institutional perspective.
  • Develop knowledge about feminist perspectives, including the following:
    • Identify feminist theories.
    • Apply feminist research methods and ethics.
    • Interpret evidence from a feminist perspective.
  • Produce feminist research that integrates the praxis of local and global activism for the purpose of social change.


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Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies


Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies

The Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies allows students to create degree programs from courses across disciplinary boundaries, including cultural studies, linguistic studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, multi-disciplinary studies, and social science studies.


College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts offers students a well-rounded education in the humanities and social sciences. Students develop strong analytical and communication skills for a lifetime of learning and discovery that can be applied to a wide variety of careers.