Gender and Sexuality Studies
Majors, Minors & Degrees:
The study of gender and sexualities is an intersectional and interdisciplinary field that draws upon research in the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, the arts, and professional education. Gender and Sexuality Studies courses encourage students of all gender identities and expressions to make strong personal connections between classroom material and their own experience. Through applying feminist theories to their own lives, students learn, interpret, and evaluate various cultural phenomena, using a broad range of criteria, including gender, ethnicity, race, class, age, and sexual orientation.
The Bachelor of Arts designates a broad-based liberal arts education. The Bachelor of Science is advisable for those who wish to signal social science expertise in a related career such as social work or counseling psychology.
Department Learning Outcomes
Majors will be able to:
- Explain how gender and sexualities change or vary across languages, geographical regions, nations, and/or cultures.
- Engage in critical thinking about how gender and sexualities relate to structural or institutional systems of power, including stereotyped assumptions.
- Conduct research incorporating recent scholarship in gender studies and effectively communicate the results of that research.
- Design and complete an activism, community service, and/or advocacy project and critically reflect upon the outcomes and how it relates to course content.
- Reflect upon how intersectional identities, cultural pluralism, and a variety of feminisms applies to their personal lives and the lives of others.