The interdisciplinary Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program (GSWS) supports the interdisciplinary investigation of gender and sexuality as productive categories for understanding human experience. The GSWS program encourages students to interrogate how gender expressions such as masculinity and femininity as well as social norms around sexuality, reproduction and the family vary across cultures and historic periods.
GSWS courses seek to unravel the ways in which ideas about gender and sexuality shape social identities at the individual, institutional, cultural, and national levels, in addition to the ways in which race, class, and ethnicity function in the experience of gender and sexuality. The GSWS curriculum challenges the privileging of some categories (i.e., white, male, heterosexual, capitalist, etc.) over others, and explores the social and political implications of such hierarchies. Our courses place gender and sexuality at the center of critical analysis, seeking to expose the assumptions underpinning what is often taught as "natural" or "normal" in traditional academic curricula.