Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GEND)

Program Director: M. W. Barnes (Sociology and Criminology); Advisory Board: M. K. Doud (Chemistry), D. Durmus (Philosophy), J. M. McAndrew (History), A. Wainwright (Library)

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary major that helps prepare students for living in a diverse and global society by examining how the social construction of gender/sexuality can shape personal identities, beliefs, and opportunities. In a range of courses, students will systematically analyze the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and social class.

As an interdisciplinary program, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies focuses on students’ integrating the skills taught across the liberal arts, and expects its majors to engage in both critical and creative thinking. The curriculum examines a range of issues across both national and international contexts. These include gendered violence, sexual harassment, queer theory, inequality, power dynamics, human interaction, and social justice. The analytical skills students acquire in the study of gender and society can be applied beyond the campus to other activities and eventually to their professional careers.

The program offers both a major and minor. The requirements are intentionally flexible enough to allow students to focus on their particular areas of interest and to allow it to fit well with other (second) majors and minors on campus. Every GEND major completes an internship at a site that suits their interests and goals. As a social justice-focused program, many students participate in events and/or volunteer throughout their years at John Carroll. To declare a major, students must complete GEND 101 and meet with the program director to submit a formal application.

The requirements for the major can be found here, while the requirements for the minor can be found here.

Program Learning Goals in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

Students who complete a major or minor will be able to:

  1. Articulate a critical understanding of the impact of gender and sexuality within their own lives.
  2. Describe how constructions of gender/sexuality have socially, historically, and globally shaped the experiences of both women and men.
  3. Describe the importance within people’s lives of the intersections of gender and sexuality with other social hierarchies such as race, ethnicity, class, religion, and disability.
  4. Analyze gender and sexuality using interdisciplinary and feminist theories, methodologies, and paradigms.
  5. Identify ethical and social justice dimensions and implications within the study of gender/sexuality.
  6. Demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills to deal positively with gender and sexuality-based inequality within their communities.