Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

Program Designation: Minor

Program Contact: Stephanie Eckstrom

GSWS Administrative Council:

Ms. Stephanie Eckstrom, Program Coordinator
Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan
Dr. Tammy Haley
Dr. Tracee Howell
Dr. Nancy McCabe

Academic Division: Behavioral and Social Sciences

Program Description:

The GSWS minor is an interdisciplinary minor that critically examines the construction of gender identity and sexuality in both the U.S. and globally. The curriculum explores the impact of social, cultural, historic, economic, and political influences on identity, the fluidity of gender identity and sexuality, and the intersections of gender identity and sexuality with other aspects of identity. It also seeks to raise awareness about the experiences, economic conditions, contributions, and human rights concerns of women and members of the LBGTQ community. Students are encouraged to participate in applied experiences such as service learning, internships, research, and study abroad, which expose them to gender identity and sexuality in multicultural and international contexts.