Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program that challenges the cultural, intellectual, social, and political assumptions about sex, gender, and sexuality systems. A unique field, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies draws on scholarship from multiple disciplines to develop its own theories, methods and epistemologies. The inextricable linkage of theory and practice forms the foundation of the field. Courses in the program critically engage issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and other key components of identity, and the ways they intersect.

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program offers you opportunities to:

  • Identify intersecting systems of power; including race, class, ethnicity, gender, sex, and sexuality.
  • Gain specialized knowledge and acquire proficiency in course content.
  • Apply theories, methods, and epistemologies to course materials and lived experience.
  • Analyze and critically evaluate the implications of specialized knowledge put into practice.

As an interdisciplinary program, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers a unique way to combine elements from other disciplines and bring them together in especially powerful ways: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies encourages research and scholarship that integrate diverse ideas.

WS 0299 Internship3 Credits

Attributes: WSGF Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Gender Focused

The internship program allows students to gain on-site experience that can be related to the discipline of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Internship areas include health, publishing, communications, politics, and many other fields. Students consult the program director for a list of internship opportunities before registering for this course. Faculty supervision helps students integrate their experiences with the intellectual foundation acquired in their academic courses.

WS 0301 Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Capstone Seminar3 Credits

Attributes: PJST Peace and Justice Studies, WSGF Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Gender Focused

Students take this final course in the minor sequence in the senior year after completing the other five required courses. The course integrates feminist approaches across the disciplines, emphasizing the relationship between theory and practice. It is open to seniors only; juniors may enroll with the permission of the program director.

WS 0399 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Attributes: WSGF Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Gender Focused

By arrangement with Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty, students may choose to work independently on special topics. See the program director for details.

Director

Lawrence (History)

Coordinating Faculty

Arendt (Communication)
Brunn-Bevel (Sociology and Anthropology)
Garvey (English)
Hartwell (Marriage and Family Therapy, GSEAP)
Hohl (History)
Labinski (Philosophy)
McClure (Psychology)
Orlando (English)
Rodrigues (Sociology and Anthropology)