The Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies captures the transformations enacted in society and scholarship that has been enabled by the 20th century gender justice movements. All of our courses use gender and sexuality as basic categories of analysis. This means that students reexamine existing scholarship from new interdisciplinary perspectives. Thus we learn what U.S. history looks like from a queer perspective; we learn how contemporary globalization processes affect heterosexuals and queers differently; or how women’s experiences in the paid labor force are similar to or different from that of men; or how people of color figure in global media. Our courses highlight that there is no singular gendered experience. Rather, we learn to understand how race, class, sexuality and other identity markers shape our lives.
Our mission is to support teaching, interdisciplinary learning, and research in the expanding fields of gender, sexuality and feminist studies, core courses at introductory and upper levels and a variety of lecture courses and seminars drawn from different disciplines in the College.