Gender and Sexuality Studies

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For more information about this Pathway contact: Diana Flannery.

Q: What is Gender & Sexuality Studies?

It’s the answer to a thousand questions that puzzle us. Why do we dress babies in pink or blue? Why don’t men wear dresses anymore? How has “sexy” changed over the centuries? Why do women in some cultures wrap their heads with scarves? Those crazy hormonal changes in the teen years—what are they all about? What is “safer sex”? What does “transgender” mean? What are the legal and social arguments for and against same-sex marriage? How does the human reproductive system compare to that of other animals? Click here for catalog description.

Q: What kind of courses will I take in this Pathway?

Courses like: Art Appreciation: Multicultural Perspectives (ARTS 100); Human Sexuality (HCSV 265); Shakespeare in Film (ENGL 203); Women & Religion (RELS 275); Popular Culture(SOCI 227); Women, Men & the Media (JOUR 211); Marriage and Family Relationships (CHLD 255); Women & Politics (POLS 324); Biology of Sex (BIOL 323); and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Issues & Identities (MCGS 310). Click here for a full listing.

Q: Why study Gender & Sexuality?

For one, this is something that everybody can relate to! What is the first question asked when somebody has a baby—“Is it a boy or a girl?” We are surrounded with people who tell us how to dress, how to act, what to be—based on our gender. And we all have crushes, infatuation, love, physical attractions… That can lead to sex, which complicates everything. It’s everywhere! And that’s the second reason. What are the big news stories and viral videos about? Pink toys, gay marriage, sex scandals—in other words, gender & sexuality!

Q: Why get the Minor in Gender & Sexuality?

It’s easy—if you take your upper division GE courses in G&S, then you only need 3 more G&S GE courses to get the minor! It’s logical—why not have your GE courses count for something real? It’s personal—this will enrich relationships throughout your life. And it’s profitable—you can tell future employers that you are prepared to work with diverse clients, employees, and bosses.

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