The Gender and Sexuality Studies Department provides you with a solid grounding in the interconnected, interdisciplinary fields of gender, sexuality, and queer studies, and engage these fields from a variety of perspectives – religious, economic, political, social, biological, psychological, historical, anthropological, artistic, and literary.

Gender and sexuality studies trains you to examine gender relations and the construction of gender and sexual difference from a globally-informed perspective and to consider how gender and sexuality intersect with the social categories of race, class, ethnicity, disability, and age to produce our complex social identities.

While integrating theoretical concepts and empirical knowledge, gender and sexuality majors and minors learn to practice critical thinking about issues of gender and sexual identity and to develop strong research, communication, and writing skills.

For more information, contact the gender and sexuality studies chair Melissa Gonzalez at

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Layendecker Family Internship Fund

Established in honor of Katherine Layendecker '15, the first graduate of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and recipient of the Sally G. McMillen Prize for her honors thesis, to honor and advance her passion for public service, social justice and human and civil rights, this fund provides financial assistance to students who are participating in unpaid or low-paying internships related to gender and sexuality issues or to help fund summer research in gender and sexuality issues.

Summer Internship Grant applications typically open March 1 and close April 1, on Handshake.

Gender and Sexuality Studies

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Mailing/Shipping Address

Davidson College - Gender and Sexuality Studies
209 Ridge Rd
Box 5000
Davidson, NC 28035