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.

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 to begin the process.


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.

GSS Year-Long Capstone and Honors Process

Courses You Might Take

GSS 498

GSS Senior Capstone

Horowitz, Kaufman

Senior Capstone in Gender and Sexuality Studies


HIS 243

Native Women


How have Indigenous, American Indian, Native American, and First Nations women constructed their identities, participated in their societies, and responded to common experiences, particularly those resulting from colonization? How did Indigenous women's ancestors live, and how have cultural…

PSY 318

Psy Research: Social Psy


Research methods and statistical techniques used in social psychology are examined through lecture, laboratory, and field research. Students will gain knowledge in designing multiple types of research studies, as well as implementing a variety of data collection strategies. …