Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies: Self-Designed Major, Concentration 

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies is a multidisciplinary program that explores the many facets of gender and sexuality.  We encourage our students to examine and challenge taken-for-granted assumptions, explore and honor marginalized experiences and perspectives, and question power at personal, interpersonal, social, structural levels. 

Students in the program pursue critical questions from a range of academic disciplines and learn how activism can promote social change.  We challenge students to consider how complex social identities such as race, social class, age, and ability intersect with gender and sexuality to shape the world in ways that are all at once personal, political, local, and global. Our concentration is an appropriate supplement to any academic major. 

GSWS Statement on The Overturning of Roe v. Wade

June 27, 2022  -  Read the full statement 

Program Highlights

  • 15-20 classes offered per semester and in a range of disciplines 
  • Opportunities to work closely with faculty on groundbreaking research and activist projects  
  • Events on a wide range of topics throughout the year 
  • The capstone experience — an independent project that can take the form of a research paper, an art or performance piece, or an action campaign  
students and a professor in a classroom

Learn about the guiding intellectual principles and activist practices that inform our work.

Students at a computer

Under the guidance of a faculty member, students conclude the concentration with a capstone experience in their fourth year.

Students in a classroom

From internships to study abroad to the DC and NY Semester programs, opportunities for hands-on learning abound.

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies News

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A social scientist's perspective is changing in light of how the iconic doll is portrayed in the blockbuster movie.
Class of 2023 Spotlight: Emily Rand
“Take time to reflect on and appreciate accomplishments.”
How the Addition of Women’s Studies Impacted Holy Cross
In 1993, Holy Cross graduated the first cohort of students to earn a concentration in Women’s Studies, a move that has influenced generations of faculty and students.