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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

Seminar Explores Development of Cities in Relation to Nature

Apr 28, 2017

Syllabus, a feature in each issue of Holy Cross Magazine, takes readers in to the classroom to see what students are learning about on Mount St. James. Explore one of the College’s Spring 2017 courses below. Course “Making the Modern …

Holy Cross Academic Conference 2017 to Showcase Student Work

Apr 21, 2017

As the academic year nears its end, more than 350 students will present the results of their independent work in the performing and visual arts, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences at the 2017 Academic Conference, taking place across campus …