Gender and Sexuality Studies

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The Gender and Sexuality Studies Program facilitates the interdisciplinary study of social relations of power in a variety of texts, practices, and cultural and historical contexts. The program emphasizes  the interrelationships among gender and sexuality, race, class, nation, and ability and connects such inquiry to local and global politics. Gender and Sexuality Studies brings feminist and queer theory in conversation with research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences through courses offered across the three academic divisions of the College.

Students in any major, whether as course majors or in the Honors Program, may elect a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies by fulfilling the requirements set out below. Students may pursue a Special Major in GSST by following the guidelines below in consultation with the Program Coordinator.  All proposals for a minor or major in Gender and Sexuality Studies must be approved by the GSST Committee.

A sampling of courses offered includes Feminist Film and Media Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and the Body in Islam; Gender, Race, and Science, and  Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement.

Students who minor in gender and sexuality studies take a minimum of five courses that emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Special Majors take ten courses. The curriculum begins with an introductory course that highlights key concepts, questions, and analytical tools that have shaped the field and concludes with the capstone in the spring of the senior year. Program faculty members are committed to incorporating historical and contemporary perspectives on the study of gender and sexuality into the program of study.