Co-Directors: Dawne Moon, Ph.D. and Joshua Ezra Burns, Ph.D.

The interdisciplinary Gender and Sexualities Studies (INGS) major and minor promote a critical, feminist, and intersectional understanding of gender, sexuality, and power in a global context and across disciplinary boundaries. In addition to fostering human understanding, they provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for just and equitable leadership in professional, civic and religious roles.

Students gain the knowledge and skills for understanding and recognizing: 

  • How gender has shaped the world around us and the ways we make sense of it. 

  • How gender and sexuality intersect with race, class, ethnicity, disability, religion, region and other societal markers. 

  • How sexism and heterosexism have operated in a dynamic with other systems of structural oppression in historical and contemporary contexts. 

  • The various meanings and categories that different societies assign sex and sexuality in different historical eras and how they shape people’s lives. 

  • The diversity of gendered experiences, accomplishments and perspectives within the categories of woman, man, intersex, transgender, nonbinary, Two-Spirit and others throughout the gender spectrum. 

  • How to embrace gender and sexual diversity and work for justice in any sector of society. 

Gender and Sexualities Studies

The interdisciplinary major in Gender and Sexualities Studies consists of an introductory course (3 credit hours), eight elective courses (24 credit hours) and a senior capstone course (3 credit hours) for a total of 30 credit hours. Students are expected to complete at least two elective courses in the Humanities and two elective courses in the Social Sciences.

Required courses:6
Introduction to Gender and Sexualities Studies
Gender and Sexualities Studies Capstone
Humanities Electives - choose two courses from the following:6
Culture and Civilization of the Middle East
Arab and Muslim Women in the United States
Disability and Literature
LGBTQ+ Narratives: Literature, Film, Theory
Feminist Rhetorics
Legal Fictions of the Enlightenment
British Literature since 1900
Children's Literature
Law and Literature
Gender, Sexuality, Literature
Women Writers
Francophone Studies in Gender or Sexuality
Latinx Civil Rights Movements
A History of Women in America
Childhood in America
Women in Western Civilization
Narrating Freedom: Gender, Race and Mass Incarceration
The Ethics of Intimacy
Global Justice
Caribbean Philosophy
Philosophy of Disability
Feminist Philosophy
Africana Philosophy
Women and Theology Across Cultures
Theology and Economics
The Many Faces of U.S. Catholicism
Social Sciences Electives - choose two courses from the following:6
Gender and Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Sex, Gender and Evolution
Culture, Law and Violence
Domestic Violence in the United States
Sex Offenses and Offenders
Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice
Family Violence and Public Intervention
The Politics of Civil Rights and Liberties
Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
Human Trafficking
Human Sexuality
Psychology of Gender Roles
Psychology of Marriage and Family
The Family
Culture, Health and Illness
Race, Gender and Medicine
Men, Masculinities and Health
Social Movements, Protest and Change
Christianity and Sexuality in the U.S.
Sociology of Sex and Gender
Arabs and Muslims in Global Context
Additional Electives - choose four additional courses from the Humanities and Social Science electives listed above, and/or from the following:12
Gendered Communication
Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media
Women's Health
Diversity in Organizations
Total Credit Hours:30

Notes:

  • Other courses relevant to the study of gender or sexualities may be approved as electives by the program director. Students are advised to seek approval for substitutions before completing the courses in question.
  • INGS 4997 Gender and Sexualities Studies Capstone is typically offered in the spring term.

Gender and Sexualities Studies Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in Gender and Sexualities Studies consists of an introductory course (3 credit hours) and five elective courses (15 credit hours).

Required course3
Introduction to Gender and Sexualities Studies
Elective Courses - Choose five courses from the following:15
Gender and Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Sex, Gender and Evolution
Culture, Law and Violence
Culture and Civilization of the Middle East
Arab and Muslim Women in the United States
Gendered Communication
Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media
Domestic Violence in the United States
Sex Offenses and Offenders
Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice
Family Violence and Public Intervention
Disability and Literature
LGBTQ+ Narratives: Literature, Film, Theory
Feminist Rhetorics
Legal Fictions of the Enlightenment
British Literature since 1900
Children's Literature
Law and Literature
Gender, Sexuality, Literature
Women Writers
Francophone Studies in Gender or Sexuality
Women's Health
Latinx Civil Rights Movements
A History of Women in America
Childhood in America
Women in Western Civilization
Gender and Sexualities Studies Capstone
Diversity in Organizations
Narrating Freedom: Gender, Race and Mass Incarceration
The Ethics of Intimacy
Global Justice
Caribbean Philosophy
Philosophy of Disability
Feminist Philosophy
Africana Philosophy
The Politics of Civil Rights and Liberties
Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
Human Trafficking
Human Sexuality
Psychology of Gender Roles
Psychology of Marriage and Family
The Family
Culture, Health and Illness
Race, Gender and Medicine
Men, Masculinities and Health
Social Movements, Protest and Change
Christianity and Sexuality in the U.S.
Sociology of Sex and Gender
Arabs and Muslims in Global Context
Women and Theology Across Cultures
Theology and Economics
The Many Faces of U.S. Catholicism
Total Credit Hours:18

Notes:

  • Other courses relevant to the study of gender or sexualities may be approved as electives by the program director. Students are advised to seek approval for substitutions before completing the courses in question.
  • INGS 4997 Gender and Sexualities Studies Capstone is typically offered in the spring term.

Courses

INGS 1001. Introduction to Gender and Sexualities Studies. 3 cr. hrs.

Provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexualities. Uses an intersectional framework to examine gender, gender roles, expectations and privileges. Students learn and utilize key terms and concepts in the field such as gender, sexuality, embodiment, feminism, womanism, patriarchy and more. Examines how people across differing races/ethnicities, classes, sexual identities and nationalities in various historical periods have made sense of, assumed, articulated and struggled against gendered identities.

INGS 4995. Independent Study in Gender and Sexualities Studies. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Supervised study of a specific area or topic in Gender and Sexualities Studies.

INGS 4997. Gender and Sexualities Studies Capstone. 3 cr. hrs.

Capstone course is designed to enable upper-level students, and especially INGS majors and minors, to integrate the knowledge and experience gained in INGS courses and use that knowledge and experience as a springboard for future work. Prereq: INGS 1001 and two other INGS courses or cons. of program director.