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About the Program

Combining academics and experiential learning, gender, sexuality & women's studies (GSWS) students critically examine and challenge structural inequalities around gender and sexuality, in interaction with race, class, ethnicity and ability. On the academic side, you are acquainted with current scholarship on women, feminist, trans, queer and sexuality studies. On the experiential side, you have opportunities to engage in activism and are encouraged to undertake your own research projects. You will question norms, work with peers to create community action projects and gain insight into identities in and through a web of relations to others, both globally and locally.

What Makes Us Different

  • Interdisciplinary Major

    GSWS courses complement other fields. Students regularly complete a second major or a minor to broaden their studies.

  • Challenge Inequities

    Various campus initiatives look at transnational and local issues through diversity awareness and community engagement.

  • Student Awards

    Individuals, groups and campus organizations are recognized annually for feminist activist work and a commitment to the ideals of the GSWS program.


  • # 5

    Top 20 Best Public Schools for Making an Impact

    The Princeton Review 2024
  • # 19

    Most Politically Active Students

    The Princeton Review 2024

Applied Learning



Recent graduates have pursued careers in law, government, social work, environmental activism, education, medicine, counseling and journalism as well as graduate programs in queer and feminist studies, literature, performance studies and media and film.

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Courses Disclaimer

*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.