2020 GQS Virtual Commencement Reception

2020 GQS Virtual Commencement Reception

2020 Gender & Queer Studies graduates and their family & friends are invited to join GQS faculty for this virtual event on Friday, May 15 at 2:30pm PDT. We look forward to connecting with our graduates to celebrate their accomplishments.

Reception Link & Information

Gender & Queer Studies

Update! Fall 2020 courses & new GQS major

Listen to an interview with Professor Heather White on this PS: The Puget Sound Podcast

What does it mean to “queer” a topic? Why should you ask about people’s pronouns? How might masculinity studies help explain school shootings? How can we bring gender, feminist, and queer studies into our everyday lives, including activism and movements for social change?


Puget Sound’s Gender and Queer Studies (GQS) Program explores interdisciplinary ideas and theories that apply across the university, from biology, psychology, and education to sociology, anthropology, and English. We study topics like masculinity, the history of feminisms, the pay gap, sexual violence, body image, asexuality, activism, and intersex and transgender issues. GQS classes build strong analytical, writing, and communication skills—all highly relevant to careers and engaged citizenship.

Beyond the Classroom

The student-run and student-edited publication Wetlands publishes student creative and non-fiction work about gender and sexuality. Students also organize their own “Quoffee and Quonversation” discussion group on queer and gender theory.

After Puget Sound

Graduates pursue careers in medicine, law, psychology, social work, marketing, civic engagement, and other fields. One alum, who manages a grassroots advocacy organization’s curriculum, writes, “GQS provided me with the concise language to articulate systemic oppression, which has been invaluable in my career, and strengthened my ability to research and apply various analytical frameworks to core responsibilities of my organization.”

Arches Article, Jan. 29, 2019

Breaking Down the Walls: Lessons From Freedom Education Project Puget Sound

March 6, 2019

Professor Heather White's article "The United Methodist Church's battle over LGBTQ rights has been raging for 50 years", published in The Washington Post.

Spotlight on Experiential Learning

REL 307: Prisons, Gender, and Education

This class brings students out of the classroom and into the local women’s prison education program. It combines academically rigorous content along with weekly participation in a college program at the local prison. Students describe the class as “life-changing” and “transformative.”

Student Projects from GQS 201

Historical Timelines of GQS

Students in GQS 201 (An Introduction to Gender, Queer, and Feminist Studies) create interactive historical timelines of the movement and our campus program as part of their coursework. Click on the title above to view the most recent projects.