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Each concentrator focuses on a well-defined topic or question and works 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 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. 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.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Develop an understanding of gender and sexuality informed by historical, transnational, and interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Become fluent in critical theory
  • Design a curriculum that applies relevant theories to more than one discipline
  • Develop strong critical thinking and writing skills
  • Produce and present a significant piece of original research or creative work

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: Natalie Andrews

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 11  11 
2019 17 17 5

Alumni Pathways

Alumni have attended graduate programs in law, business, social work, medicine, education, public health, history, literature, and psychology, and they have received distinguished fellowships such as the Fulbright. They are employed in fields as diverse as finance, advocacy, consulting, non-profit administration, publishing, and reproductive health. More information is available on the Gender and Sexuality Studies website.

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Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor: Jeremy Lehnen