As part of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies concentration offers critical perspectives on the development of gender and its intersection with other relations of power including race, class, sexuality, nationality, religion, and age. All students take the Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies course, which engages students in the methods and theories of feminism, gender analysis, and intersectionality. In addition, the concentration requires four electives, plus a capstone project course, two of which must be taken outside of the student’s primary major course of study, and one of which must be cross-cultural.
Learning Outside the Classroom
The GSWS program offers unique opportunities to learn outside the classroom including research, community-based learning, and field trips. For example, students in the program recently visited the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Another group of students conducted an oral history project with LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) alums, now included on CrossWorks. Advanced research opportunities are available to students with their capstone project, where they work closely with a faculty member and present their research at the end of the year at the Holy Cross Academic Conference.
Opportunities for Graduates of the Program
In Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies students explore complex social structures and learn about injustice and oppression in diverse environments. Some GSWS graduates go on to pursue graduate studies in the field while others serve in programs including City Year and Teach for America. Others have gone on to law school, the fashion industry, or to do research on eating disorders. As an interdisciplinary program in a liberal arts college, GSWS prepares its graduates to pursue any number of educational and professional opportunities and to engage the world as informed citizens committed to justice for all people.