Learning Outcomes | Gender & Sexuality Studies

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Student Learning Outcomes

  • The Gender and Sexuality Studies minor includes courses that evaluate the assumptions at work in traditional disciplines and expand the study of individuals, cultures, social institutions, social policy and other areas of scholarly inquiry.
  • The minor also encompasses courses that examine the roles of people of all genders, the nature of work and the family, and the importance of race, ethnicity, class, and culture through the study of sexuality and gender.
  • The Gender and Sexuality Studies minor is designed to encourage students to critically interrogate and actively engage in social processes related to the construction of gender.

Program Purpose

The Gender and Sexuality Studies minor is the academic and research arm of the Center for Gender Equity (CGE), the mission of which is to support gender equity through dialogue, programming, service, research, education, and advocacy in order to facilitate collaborative, humane, and sustainable University, local and global communities.

The Gender and Sexuality Studies minor has as its framework the introductory course, topics courses, and the "GSS in Practice" requirement. The introductory course lays the groundwork for the minor by exposing students to the guiding questions, frameworks, and theories in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

The "GSS in Practice" requirement includes mentoring students, civic engagement opportunities, and/or original creative work and research projects. GSS students can mentor beginning students, design their own civic engagement projects, participate in the biennial CGE academic conference, and/or initiate their own creative/research projects. Elective topics courses concentrate on contemporary issues and offer a multidisciplinary approach to the program.