This interdisciplinary major 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.
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 learn to practice critical thinking about issues of gender and sexual identity and to develop strong research, communication, and writing skills.
For addition information and requirements for the gender and sexuality studies major, please refer to the College Catalog.
The gender and sexuality studies major requires 10 courses, no more than five from one department, comprised of the following:
At least one of the 10 courses taken by each gender and sexuality studies major should deal primarily with the study of sexuality. Examples of courses which count for this requirement are: BIO 263/ENG 285 Representations of HIV/AIDS; BIO 363 Biology of HIV/AIDS; HIS 228 The Modern Body: Gender, Sex, and Politics in France; COM 390 U.S. Rhetorics of Sexuality; ENG 488 Modern Poetry: Queer America; SPA 403 Latino American Sexualities. Other courses may count with the chair's approval.
Only one elective course (whether at the introductory or upper level) can be taken from a list of approved partial-content courses (courses which deal in a substantial way with questions related to gender and sexuality, but do not have gender and sexuality studies as their primary focus). Some examples of partial-content courses are: ENG 231 Young Adult Literature; ENG 282 African American Literature; FRE 223 Childhood and Adolescence; HIS 215 Magic and Witchcraft in Pre-Modern Europe.
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.