Gender & Sexuality Studies Program

Stonehill's Gender & Sexuality Studies program uses gender as a lens to promote critical thinking and scholarly development from an interdisciplinary perspective.


Nicolette Kolgraf '19 Recognized as Gender & Sexuality Studies Student of the Year

Nicolette Kolgraf ’19 Received the 2019 Gender & Sexuality Studies Program Student of the Year Award

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Gender & Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field that straddles the social sciences and humanities in order to examine how and why gender matters in our lives and in our world. Informed by feminist and queer theoretical perspectives, it explores the differences within and between men and women and the construction of those differences within gendered systems of oppression.

Unlike similar programs elsewhere, where institutional dogma might muzzle debate, Stonehill College is welcoming to those who bring diverse opinions and viewpoints to the discussion.

“There is a lot of ideological diversity at Stonehill and that’s important. We engage in full-throated conversations around issues that other schools shy from.”
 Linzy Brekke-Aloise, Associate Professor of History

Gender & Sexuality Studies courses focus on a range of gendered institutions, such as family, work, religion, education, health, medicine, media and politics. Our courses also investigate the many ways scholars, artists and activists have researched, represented and critiqued our gendered world. Among the topics students can expect to study are:

  • The impact of gender and sexual identity on human relations within local, national, and global communities
  • The relationship of gender to race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, religion, and nationality
  • The distinctions among biological sex, gender, sexual orientation, and sexual identity
  • The history and implications of gender and sexuality in questions of social justice

A Program Built to Suit Your Goals

Students in the Gender & Sexuality Studies major will learn the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary to enter the job market or pursue graduate study in a variety of fields including Women’s Studies, Sociology, English and History.

You will be able to develop expertise through directed studies and gain practical experience through internships, both of which will help you develop your career path.

Other attributes of the program include:

  • Customizable program to meet individual interests and needs
  • Highly interpersonal, one-on-one interaction with dedicated faculty mentors
  • Flexible course schedule
  • Manageable course requirements

Gender & Sexuality Studies is also an excellent double major or minor for students who want to distinguish themselves on the job market. It’s not uncommon for students to combine this major with one in marketing, psychology or international relations. A student with a major in business and Gender & Sexuality Studies enters the marketplace with a distinct competitive advantage.

Learning Goals

The following are learning experiences we hope all Gender & Sexuality Studies students have before graduating:

  • Examining the impact of gender and sexual identity on human relations within local, national, transnational and/or global communities (historically and/or currently)
  • Analyzing how race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, religion and/or nationality intersect with gender identity and impact gendered analyses
  • Critically reading, recognizing and analyzing the construction of gender and sexuality in a variety of texts (written, visual, other)
  • Examining a student’s own gender role assumptions and identity
  • Understanding the history and implications of gender and sexuality in questions of social justice
  • Connecting scholarly inquiry to gender/queer justice through service, internships and practica
  • Understanding how gender and sexuality are defined and reproduced within ideological institutions
  • Engaging in candid, respectful dialogue about subjects that may be sensitive or controversial

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