Undergraduate Concentration in Gender & Sexuality Studies

Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary concentration that examines the construction of gender and sexuality in social, cultural, political, economic, or scientific contexts. Each concentrator will focus on a well-defined topic or question and work closely with a concentration advisor to develop a program that investigates this focus area rigorously and supplements it with foundational courses in the relevant disciplines.

Typical areas of focus might include the acculturation of gender, sexuality and race in American politics or activism; the construction of sexual and gendered identities in educational institutions or in various forms of visual media; a contrast between different cultural understandings of sexual identity, a particular national literature and history. Such topics will frequently bring questions of gender and sexuality together; however students may also organize their concentrations to emphasize questions specifically related to gender or to sexuality if they wish. Introductory and methodology courses in the disciplines appropriate to students' focus will help them understand the principles grounding such practices as historical research, literary interpretation, and sociological analysis.

Concentration Overview

The concentration consists of 10 courses, 12 for honors concentrators.


  • GNSS0120: Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Four-course focus on some thematic, theoretical or historical aspect of gender and sexuality
  • Two introductory or methodology courses in disciplines pertinent to the focus
  • One course in gender history, women's history, or history of sexuality.
  • One course in feminist theory or theory of sexuality
  • A senior seminar which counts as your capstone course. Senior seminar participants are expected to write a research essay
  • Prior to Commencement, all graduating senior concentrators are required to do a short presentation of either their senior essay or thesis project

Questions regarding the GNSS concentration may be referred to Denise Davis, Senior Lecturer in Gender and Sexuality Studies: