Explore how issues of gender and sexuality impact economics, politics, education, sports, media, healthcare and more. Also explore how individuals understand themselves and each other in a world formed by gender expectations.

Take an interdisciplinary approach to studies of gender and sexuality through the lens of sociology, public health, psychology, history, biology, anthropology and literature.

The gender and sexuality studies program cultivates critical thinking skills and tools for creative expression. Civic engagement, research and travel opportunities prepare students for life-long engagement with a global community. The interdisciplinary approach of our program offers students unique perspectives that expand their abilities to problem solve and serve diverse populations.

“I really like helping people. I think that a good conversation can really change a person’s life. I’m part of the LGBT community and I work for the Center for Gender Equality. I think there is a gap in that type of therapy so I wanted to help people figure out their gender and sexuality.”

— Joey Grafton '22

Student Opportunities

Participate in advocacy and civic engagement through the Center for Civic Engagement and the Center for Gender Equity.

Participate in a biannual national conference bringing students and scholars to Pacific University for a weekend of activities highlighting current issues of gender and sexuality. Represent the Gender and Sexuality Studies minor at national and international conferences and/or study abroad in a service-learning course in India.


The Pacific University Center for Gender Equity promotes equity around gender and sexuality, for Pacific students and the surrounding communities, through support services, education, and activism. The Center for Gender Equity (CGE) is open to everyone on Pacific University’s campuses and in the community, regardless of gender. Learn more about the Center for Gender Equity.