Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Feminism. Anti-Racism. LGBTQIA+ Liberation. Social Justice.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides an academic framework and broad-based community for scholarly inquiry focusing on women, gender, race, class, nation, dis-/ability, and sexuality.

The minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies brings three fields of inquiry into conversation in order to engage critical analyses ranging from the personal to the global at the intersections of sex, gender, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity and ability. 

Women's Studies

Foregrounds the lived experience and material conditions of women.

Gender Studies

Highlights the social construction of gender and spectrum of gender identities and representations.

Sexuality Studies

Focuses on sexual behaviors, expressions, identities and politics.

It is integral to understand women's studies, gender studies and sexuality studies as having distinct disciplinary histories and as overlapping and transformational when taught in relation to one another. The curriculum intentionally draws from these three fields to approach problems of sex, gender and sexuality from various critical angles.

(Partially adapted with permission from Otterbein University's Program of Study, 2013) 

What can I do with a Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies minor?

Students who complete a B.A. minor in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies learn skills and knowledge useful to employers in business, government, education and health care.

These are some of the many jobs now held by graduates with minors in Women's & Gender Studies:

  • journalist specializing in women's issues
  • nurse, doctor or therapist with expertise in women's health
  • business entrepreneur
  • high school or college teacher
  • supervisor or counselor in a women's shelter