Marilyn Reizbaum, Program Director
Lori Larsson, Program Coordinator

Professor: Jennifer Scanlon†
Assistant Professors: Shenila Khoja-Moolji, Joseph Jay Sosa

Contributing Faculty: Todd Berzon, Margaret Boyle, Aviva Briefel, Judith S. Casselberry, David Collings, Sarah O’Brien Conly, Rachel Connelly†, Sara A. Dickey†, Pamela M. Fletcher, Guy Mark Foster, Alyssa Gillespie, David K. Hecht, Ann Louise Kibbie, Aaron W. Kitch†, Matthew W. Klingle, Tracy McMullen, Kristi Olson, Elizabeth A. Pritchard, Marilyn Reizbaum, Nancy E. Riley, Meghan Roberts, Doris A. Santoro, Jill S. Smith, Rachel L. Sturman**, Birgit Tautz†, Shu-chin Tsui†, Krista E. Van Vleet, Hanétha Vété-Congolo, Tricia Welsch

The interdisciplinary Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program (GSWS) combines a variety of scholarly traditions to develop a culture of critical thinking about the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and class. Drawing primarily on the humanities and the social sciences, courses in GSWS explore the social construction of identity and experience as well as how difference, marginalization, and resistance exist within and across cultures and historical periods. In its curriculum and its faculty research, GSWS explores the multiple directions that feminist and queer scholarship and activism take locally, nationally, and transnationally.

Requirements for the Major in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

The major consists of nine courses, including three required core courses.

Required courses:

  • GSWS 1101, Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
  • GSWS 2201, Feminist Theory; or GSWS 2001, Queer Theory
  • a GSWS-designated, advanced-level capstone seminar
  • The six remaining courses for the major may be chosen from the set of GSWS courses, or from a set of courses in other disciplines that have been approved by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program Committee to count toward the major. GSWS courses are numbered to indicate the level of course instruction. In total, no more than three of the six elective courses may be from any single department outside of GSWS. The departmental affiliation of the course is considered the department of which the instructor is a member. Courses count toward the major if grades of C- or better are earned. One course taken with the Credit/D/Fail grading option may count toward the major as long as a CR (credit) grade is earned for the course.

During the spring of their junior year, students who wish to undertake an honors project must secure the agreement of a faculty member to supervise their independent study project. The honors project supervisor must be an affiliated faculty member with GSWS. If the student’s chosen supervisor is not an affiliated faculty member, the student may appeal for permission from the GSWS Program Committee. Two semesters of advanced independent work (Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies 4050 and 4051) are required for an honors project in GSWS. No more than two independent study courses may count toward the major requirements, unless the student is pursing an honors project, in which case the limit is three independent studies.

Requirements for the Minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

The minor consists of five courses, including two required courses.

  • GSWS 1101, Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
  • GSWS 2201, Feminist Theory; or GSWS 2001, Queer Theory
  • three additional courses

Only two courses from any single department outside of GSWS count toward the minor. All courses must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail) and students must earn a grade of C- or better in order for a course to count toward the minor.

Additional Information

  • First-year seminars can count toward the major or minor.
  • GSWS allows up to two transfer courses to count toward the major, one toward the minor.