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Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at DePauw

For questions about our academic program, please contact the program director, Dr. Christy Holmes, via email (christinaholmes@depauw.edu).

WGSS welcomes students of every sort to diverse and challenging courses from “Women in Islam” to “Women and Health” from “Historical Encounters: Sex & Society in Modern America” to “Intimate Violence” from “Masculinities” to “Ethnographies of Reproduction” to "Sex and Gender in Greco Roman Antiquity." We invite you to join us in exploring the diversity of women's experiences and contributions in the past, the changing roles of men and women today, and the difference gender makes to – well, to just about everything, once you start to look.

Janeya Cunningham with 10940's We Can Do It! sloganChoose from our ten interdisciplinary core courses and from a range of classes cross-listed with traditional areas of study: nearly every humanities, arts, and social science department at DePauw is represented. Many students begin with “Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,” or 
with one of our first-year seminars, but lots of other points of entry are possible, for first-year students and others new to the field, wherever you may be in your DePauw career.  And please consider our major and minor, which offer the opportunity to concentrate on an area of passionate interest while acquiring skills, and interrogating perspectives, from many different disciplines. We’re proud of our students, who go on to study at fine graduate schools and pursue careers in teaching, law, medicine, business, counseling, and public service. And we’re proud of our faculty – over sixty program affiliates – who think up new courses, and new angles to study, every single year.

CORE and popular COURSES:

Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Feminist Inquiry; Queer Theory, Queer Lives; Women of Color in the U.S.; (new) Media & Marginalized Bodies; Black Feminisms; Chicana Feminisms; Transnational Feminisms; Women, Health, and Social Control; Feminist Theory; Senior Thesis Workshop.

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