The Gender and Sexuality Studies Major and Minor at Davidson

The gender and sexuality studies (GSS) program 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 studies majors and minors learn to practice critical thinking about issues of gender and sexual identity and to develop strong research, communication, and writing skills.

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

Given the reduced course loads for the academic year 2020-21, and the reduction in total courses required to graduate, the chair and core faculty of GSS will review student petitions to complete the GSS major with one less course. Email the chair at megonzalez@davidson.edu to begin the process.

Honors

We encourage any gender and sexuality studies major interested in pursuing any idea or question through a sustained, year-long study to pursue the year-long capstone process, which may culminate in honors. 

GSS Year-Long Capstone and Honors Process

Courses You Might Take

GSS 498

GSS Senior Capstone

Instructor
Horowitz, Kaufman

Senior Capstone in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Prerequisites

ANT 377

Imaging the Earth

Instructor
Staff

The use of geographical information systems (GIS) to analyze, model, and present spatial relationships in the biological and social sciences, supplemented by other packages such as Google Earth. Field collection of spatial data with GPS units. Course is…

ENG 494

Disability in Literature & Art

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494A Disability in Literature and Art

Instructor
Fox

The literary tradition in English is rife with representation of disability. These representations are sometimes used metaphorically, as representations of extreme innocence or evil. Likewise…