Gender, Women, and Sexuality
Gustavus Adolphus College offers a major and a minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. This interdisciplinary program examines gender and sexuality as cultural and social categories that organize and shape human experience.
Students will interrogate the social meanings of femininity, masculinity, sexual behavior, and desire as integral to the ways that groups and individuals construct their identities within and across a variety of historical, social, and cultural contexts. To this end, students will also examine the ways that gender and sexuality intersect with other categories of social difference such as race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, ability, and age. Students will explore such topics as constructions of femininity and masculinity, the history of feminism, gender roles and relations, and cultural configurations of sexual desire and identity in discussion-based classes.
Courses in the GWS Program come from a variety of disciplines. A multidisciplinary approach will provide students with a foundation for thinking more broadly about categories of social difference and the various cultural and legal institutions that produce and sustain them. Students who successfully complete the program will be exposed to a wide array of methodologies regarding the history, theory, and practice of gender studies and will gain extensive experience with writing and research with a strong emphasis on information literacy.
In order to develop personal experiences with and perspectives on the workings of gender in Western and non-Western societies, the GWS Program recommends that students consider off-campus (international or domestic) academic programs. The GWS Program makes every effort to work with students in selecting courses from these programs that may be applied to the major or minor requirements. See http://gustavus.studioabroad.com/ for a complete list of available programs, or contact the Center for International and Cultural Education for a list of programs that would be particularly interesting to GWS students.
In keeping with the mission of the College, students will be encouraged to orient these insights toward furthering the cause of social justice.
|Jill Locke||Program Director||507-933-6226|
|Blake Couey||Assistant Professor||507-933-7475|
|Deborah Downs-Miers||Associate Professor||507-933-7397||web|
|Patricia English||Associate Professor and Department Co-Chair||507-933-7372||web|
|Mary Gaebler||Associate Professor||507-933-6290|
|Deborah Goodwin||Associate Professor||507-933-6012|
|Nancy Scott Hanway||507-933-7388||web|
|Lisa Heldke ’82||Professor||507-933-7029||web|
|Yurie Hong||Associate Professor (On Sabbatical 2013-2014)||507-933-7160|
|Elizabeth Jenner||Associate Professor||507-933-7427|
|Robert Kendrick||Assistant Professor||507-933-6090|
|Martin Lang ’95||Associate Professor|
|Ursula Lindqvist||Affiliated Faculty||507-933-7422|
|Kjerstin Moody ’98||Assistant Professor||507-933-7423|
|Alisa Rosenthal||Associate Professor||507-933-7437||web|
|Audrey Russek||Assistant Professor||507-933-6152||web|
|Barbara Zust ’76||Professor||507-933-6097|