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

REL 301

Perspectives in Study of Rel

Instructor
Blum

Critical examination of various methods, disciplines, and theories employed in the academic study of religion, focusing particularly on those approaches that locate religion in its social, cultural, and political contexts. Generally taught in spring semester. Required of all…

COM 218

Gendered Com in Society

Instructor
Martinez

Examination of the social construction of gender in both personal relationships and professional contexts. Areas to be explored may include culture, verbal and nonverbal communication, family dynamics and close relationships, education, organizational communication, and roles in media.

Satisfies…

GSS 101

Intro to Gender & Sexuality

Instructor
Boyer, Fackler, Gonzalez, Horowitz, Tilburg

This class provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the analytical tools, key scholarly debates, history, and research subfields of gender and sexuality studies. It pays particular attention to the construction and deployment of gender as…