University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Discover Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at UVM offers students an opportunity to think about sex, gender, gender identity and other forms of difference over time and across cultures. The students and faculty of GSWS draw from the social sciences, the physical sciences, the humanities and creative arts to pursue research on questions about gender (the social meaning of the distinctions among sexes) and sexuality (sexual identities, discourses, and institutions). We ask: How have gender and sexual roles been created? How and why are they sustained? Who has benefited from these roles and who has been disadvantaged? How have experiences of sex, gender, sexuality, and gender identity differed by race, (dis)ability, nationality, language, social class, sexual identity, etc.? How have these issues changed over time? In what ways are they experienced differently in the United States and in other countries?

Students can make GSWS their major to graduate with a B.A., or choose one of two minors to complement a different academic major. GSWS majors gain a comprehensive understanding of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Building upon a gateway course, majors design a concentration of upper-level courses (often following either a social science or humanities track) and conclude with a cap-stone seminar for seniors. Our majors work closely with faculty advisors who encourage students to pursue academic honors by writing a senior thesis and to pursue pre-professional internships.  Our two interdisciplinary minors, one in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and the other in Sexuality and Gender Identity Studies, are open to all students from across the UVM community.

GSWS courses are organized to allow the fullest participation of students. While readings and discussion topics are often challenging and controversial, we foster an inclusive atmosphere that values cultural, political, and personal differences among students. GSWS faculty is drawn from across the College of Arts and Sciences and frequently offer courses that also fulfill the requirements of their home departments. All students are welcome in our courses and as degree candidates. Our alumni have gone on to competitive graduate schools and to prestigious careers in business, the arts and the non-profit sector.

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