Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major

Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary major that investigates how our lives are affected by gender race, class, age, sexuality, religion, (dis)ability, gender identity, and nationality.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies emphasizes the importance of understanding gender as a part of wider social and political structures of power, knowledge, experience, culture, embodiedness, intimacy, and labor.

Courses are organized around contemporary feminist research and theory, and focus intersectionally on women, gender, and sexuality as subjects of inquiry. Our coursework also focuses on how theory and practice come together. Students may choose from courses spanning departments, disciplines, divisions and ideologies.

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program provides a context in which women's work and women's issues are explored in-depth, celebrating women's creativity, women's lives, and women's work. In Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, students find an active and supportive community, close interaction with faculty, opportunities to take on leadership roles, and an academic program that allows them to cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Flexibility of the major requirements allows you to design a program to suit your needs and interests. This major prepares you for graduate or professional school and for a career in research and writing, a nonprofit agency, public policy, social services, business, law, education, or communication.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to identify the modes of inquiry typical of a variety of interdisciplinary scholarship and apply these modes of inquiry in a number of genres typical of interdisciplinary knowledge dissemination.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate the academic writing process, which begins with rigorous habits of thinking, reading, interpreting, data gathering, analyzing, discussing, and arguing.
  3. Students will be able to communicate effectively and responsibly to a public audience regarding topical matters involving intersectional issues relevant to WGS.
  4. Students will be able to construct an analytical, comparative, and evidence-based argument that demonstrates both thoughtful synthesis of multiple sources and a keen awareness of context, purpose, and audience.