Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
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 GWSS 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 GWSS Program recommends that students consider off-campus (international or domestic) academic programs. The GWSS 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 GWSS students.
In keeping with the mission of the College, students will be encouraged to orient these insights toward furthering the cause of social justice.
|Martin Lang ’95||Program Director||507-933-6899|
|Ana Adams||Associate Professor of Spanish||507-933-6079||web|
|Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh||Associate Professor||507-933-7451||web|
|Florence Amamoto||Associate Professor||507-933-7399|
|Elizabeth Baer||Research Professor||web|
|Lori Carsen Kelly ’83||Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of the Three Crowns Curriculum||507-933-7172|
|Thia Cooper||Associate Professor||507-933-6296||web|
|Blake Couey||Associate Professor||507-933-7475|
|Angelique Dwyer||Assistant Professor||507-933-7419||web|
|Patricia English||Associate Professor||507-933-7372||web|
|Mary Gaebler||Associate Professor||507-933-6290|
|Lisa Heldke ’82||Professor||507-933-7029||web|
|Yurie Hong||Associate Professor||507-933-7160|
|Elizabeth Jenner||Associate Professor||507-933-7427|
|Kathleen Keller||Associate Professor||507-933-7432|
|Robert Kendrick||Assistant Professor||507-933-6090|
|Ursula Lindqvist||Assistant Professor||507-933-7422 and 507-933-7422|
|Maddalena Marinari||Assistant Professor||507-933-6152|
|Carlos Mejia Suarez||Assistant Professor||507-933-7385|
|Kjerstin Moody ’98||Associate Professor||507-933-7423|
|Alisa Rosenthal||Associate Professor||507-933-7437||web|
|Mary Solberg||Associate Professor, Chair|
|Darío Sánchez-González||Assistant Professor||507-933-7387|
|Suzanne Wilson||Associate Professor||507-933-7426|
|Barbara Zust ’76||Professor (Sabbatical Fall 2016)||507-933-6097|