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 to begin the process.


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

AFR 331

#SayHerName: African Feminisms


In this course, we examine African feminisms as both a theoretical account and an activist praxis that considers how gendered differences are grounded in the complex realities of African women's everyday experiences. Through explorations of how African women have used…

GSS 201

Feminist & Queer Theories

Tilburg, Boyer, Horowitz

Spring 2021: Class will meet synchronously on Tuesday and asychronously on Thursdays

This class explores the epistemological and theoretical foundations of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Students will become familiarized with the different theoretical traditions that inform…

POL 424

Women In US Politics


This seminar explores the role of gender in American politics, specifically how gender affects the political activities of American residents, political candidates, and elected officeholders. Students analyze differences in men's and women's political participation, party affiliations, political attitudes…