Gender and Sexuality Studies

Gender and Sexuality Studies at RWU bridges subjects like literature, psychology, justice and politics to explore gender and sexuality issues in society. By investigating topics such as race, class, ethnicity and religion in sexual identity and the representation of gender in media, you’ll learn how to think and respond critically to social justice issues and civil discourse -- an essential skill for any career in our diverse global community.

The Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor

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The Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor provides students with the opportunity to explore gender and sexuality from an interdisciplinary perspective. As an interdisciplinary field of study, Gender and Sexuality Studies bridges the methodological traditions of feminist studies, gay and lesbian studies, gender studies, and transgender studies. The aim of the minor is to interrogate the social, cultural, and natural frameworks through which societies create, resist, and revise normative standards for the self, the body, and social relations in culturally and historically specific ways. Key topics of inquiry include: the complex interaction between gender and sexuality as they intersect with other identity constructions such as race, class, ethnicity, nationality, or religion; the ways that gender and sexuality influence and are influenced by economics, medicine, and the law; gender and sexuality as focal points for major political contestation and struggle; and representations of gender and sexuality in creative and imaginative work in art, cinema, literature, and mass media. The minor links a common introductory course with multi-disciplinary course offerings from throughout the curriculum so that students will develop critical responses to social justice and civil discourse that are essential to careers in a diverse global community.

Requirements for the Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies

GSS100Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies 
GSS420Gender and Sexuality Studies Seminar 

Four additional elective course, no more than 2 of which may come from any one department

AMST370Race, Gender, and Sexuality in America* 
CJS402Women and the Criminal Justice System* 
ENG220Literary Analysis* 
POLSC307Gender in American Politics* 
PSYCH215Human Sexuality* 
PSYCH220Psychology of Women* 
PSYCH230Psychology of Men* 
SOC316Sociology of Gender* 

*These courses have pre-requisite requirements that do not fulfill requirements for completion of the Gender & Sexuality Studies minor. Some prerequisites may be waived with instructor permission. ENG 100 is waived for GSS minors enrolled in ENG 220; POLSC 100 is waived for GSS minors enrolled in POLSC 307.