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The Program

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on research and teaching in three overlapping fields of inquiry. Scholarship in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies integrates knowledge and methodologies from many disciplines to analyze the various historical and political circumstances, social and economic forces, and cultural representations that shape gendered lives. It emphasizes the fundamental intersection of gender and sexuality with other crucial categories of human identity and experience, including race, ethnicity, and class. It explores the connections between the individual and institutional systems of power in local, national, and transnational contexts. It draws on the insights of feminist theory and practice and develops new modes of critical thought and new models for activism. The Program offers a number of interdisciplinary courses, including introductory courses and special topics courses open to all undergraduates; in addition, it brings together a wide range of courses taught in different departments and programs, each contributing a unique approach to specific topics and materials within the broad and diverse study of women, gender, and sexuality.

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