University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

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Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at UVM offers students an opportunity to think about sex, gender, gender identity and other forms of difference. Students and faculty in the Program do research in every possible academic field, and are interested in every aspect of life. Although the courses in the Program focus on a wide variety if issues, they are guided by a central core of intellectual questions: 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?

As an interdisciplinary program, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies draws together faculty and courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences. To cross-list with Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, a course must devote at least fifty percent of its content to issues related to women, gender, sexuality or gender identity.

The major and minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, and the minor in Sexuality and Gender Identity Studies are open to everyone. Several of our courses are taught by men, and all students are welcome in our courses and as degree candidates in the Program.

Our classes are organized to allow the fullest participation of students. Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies classes are generally small, and always emphasize student participation. While readings and discussion topics are often challenging and controversial, we foster an inclusive atmosphere that values cultural, political, and personal differences among students.

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