The Gender and Sexuality Studies Major and Minor at Davidson

The gender and sexuality studies 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.

Honors

Students who qualify during their junior year with a minimum GPA and an approved research proposal will be eligible to complete a year-long thesis (GSS 498/499) by way of which honors in the major can be earned, and which serves as the capstone for those students. These courses are taught as independent studies. To qualify for honors at graduation, you must earn an average of 3.5 or above in the major, an overall average of 3.2 or above, and earn an A- or higher on your final thesis paper.

Courses You Might Take

ENG 415

James Baldwin

ENG 415 (SPRING 2020)

Poetics of Relation: James Baldwin
Instructor

Flanagan 

Poetics of Relation: James Baldwin - One of the country's most important 20th century essayists, fiction writers, and playwrights, James Baldwin penetrated the consciousness of America with his eloquent and…

POL 182

Intro to Research Methods

Instructors
Bersch, Ceka, Crowder-Meyer, O'Geen, Toska

The framework of social science analysis, and the use of statistics for studying political problems. Topics range from research design and hypothesis testing to correlation and multiple regression.

Satisfies the Mathematical and Quantitative Thought requirement. 
Satisfies…

SPA 272

Hispanic Humanities II

Instructor
Pena

Spanish 271 / Spanish 272 is a two-course sequence that will replace the former SPA 270. The sequence is designed to be a more in-depth introduction to the foundational knowledge and theoretical approaches to Hispanic cultural production from…