Why should you ask about people’s pronouns? Do feminists hate men? Why don’t straight people have to “come out” as straight? What does “queer” mean?
The Gender & Queer Studies program is one of the first and oldest Women’s Studies programs in the United States. Its interdisciplinary ideas and theories apply across the university, from Biology, Psychology, Education, to Sociology and Anthropology and English. We study topics like masculinity studies, the history of feminisms, the pay gap, sexual violence, body image, asexuality, gender and queer theory, activism, and intersex and transgender studies. GQS classes encourage flexibility of thought, empathy, and curiosity. They build strong analytical, writing and communication skills—all highly relevant skills to careers and engaged citizenship.
SPOTLIGHT ON EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
A class called “Prisons, Gender & Education” 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.”
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
The student-run and student-edited publication Wetlands publishes issues of student creative and non-fiction work about gender and sexuality. Students organize their own “Quoffee & Quonversation” discussion group on queer and gender theory.
AFTER PUGET SOUND
GQS graduates go on to careers in medicine, law, psychology, social work, marketing, civic engagement, and non-profits. Since gender and sexuality are central parts of everyone’s lives, studying GQS is a highly relevant area of study. As one alum writes, who manages a grassroots advocacy organization’s curriculum, “GQS provided me with the concise language to articulate systemic oppression, which has been invaluable in my career. Additionally, GQS strengthened my ability to research and apply various analytical frameworks to core responsibilities of my organization.”
For more information on courses and major requirements, visit pugetsound.edu/gender-studies
or contact Greta Austin, Director of Gender & Queer Studies at email@example.com.