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Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program is an interdisciplinary concentration dedicated to fostering deeper understandings of women, gender, and sexuality in historical and contemporary contexts. With a wide range of disciplines offering GSWS courses, the program invites students to consider approaches to gender, sexuality, and the experiences and status of women, in concert with race, class, ability, and other intersectional identities, as complex social identities that shape our world in significant ways.

The program provides the intellectual space for students to pursue critical questions related to women, gender, and sexuality from a range of academic disciplines. Courses in the program engage these questions from a variety of methodological approaches, while offering a firm foundation for critical thinking and social awareness. There are also many opportunities for learning outside the classroom, including community-based learning, guest speakers, and events that encourage students to consider issues from a diverse range of perspectives. Faculty members work very closely with students in the concentration — through coursework, the capstone project, and faculty-sponsored research projects — and students are encouraged to develop their commitment to social action on issues related to gender and sexuality. 

Program Highlights

  • 15-20 classes offered per semester in a range of disciplines 
  • Opportunities to work closely with faculty on groundbreaking research projects 
  • Events on a wide range of topics throughout the year 
  • The Capstone Experience — a culminating research paper, artistic project, or performance 

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies News

Holy Cross Senior Awarded Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Dec 5, 2016

College of the Holy Cross student Victoria Mousley ’17, a psychology and deaf studies double major also completing a concentration in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies, has been selected as a 2017 Marshall Scholar. The prestigious Marshall Scholarship finances graduate …

28 Holy Cross Students Inducted into Jesuit Honor Society

Oct 28, 2016

Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, inducted 28 Holy Cross students on Oct. 23. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, loyalty and service. Membership is only awarded to four percent of …