About Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Broadly Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry analyzing social justice in the structures of power, especially as they are grounded in gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, ability, and other inequalities, and as they configure historical and contemporary struggles for social change.
The women and men who enroll in our classes each semester gain the opportunity to understand how social, historical, and psychological forces, organized by the central concept of gender, shape them as individuals; attain a fuller understanding of human behavior, culture,
and society made possible by investigating women's lives; acquaint themselves with the experience of women of different economic classes, sexual orientations, and cultural and racial backgrounds; and transfer the critical and analytical skills they acquire in the study of gender and society to other classes, beyond the campus to other activities, and eventually to their professional careers.
Employers today are increasingly aware of gender and diversity issues and recognize that Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors are trained to deal with them. Many graduates work in social change and nonprofit helping organizations, where they apply what they have learned to real-life problems. The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major also provides excellent preparation for transfer into a variety of programs in such areas as Women’s Studies, history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and English, as well as professional training in law, medicine, and social work.
Program Level Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will:
Exhibit strong academic behaviors, evidenced by their timeliness, regular attendance, participation in class activities, adherence to the College Honor Code, and awareness of their opportunities and obligations as students.
Demonstrate through oral and/or written work knowledge of comparative issues of social, political, and economic position in the workplace, family, cultural institutions, the historical basis of gender-based subordination, the female experience, the male experience, the LGBTQ experience, relations between women, men, and gender non-binary people, intersections of ethnicity/race, class and gender, violence against women, cultural images of women and men, social roles of women and men, and movements for social change.
Demonstrate the ability to evaluate evidence and make compelling arguments that advance a critical analysis of the power relations experienced personally as well as those that exist more generally in society based on the understanding of the intersectionality of gender/sex, race/ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age, physical ability and how these constructs are socially constructed through the economic, political, and cultural structures of society in the United States as well as globally.