Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Degree options

  • Major/minor in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies

You don’t just study gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at Cornell College; you engage in activism, research, and in-depth discussion. You will be asked to explore the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, class, sexuality, and nationality. You will also study forms of oppression, including sexism, heterosexism, racism, classism, ageism, ableism, and colonialism, as well as forms of bias that contribute to limited or distorted views of women's lives.

You will develop critical thinking skills both in the classroom and in the world beyond campus while working with faculty who represent a wide range of specialties and interests ranging from sociology and anthropology to art and art history. More importantly, you will do all of this in a supportive learning environment where you can explore the breadth of the social, political, and cultural experiences of women and discover how you want to make your impact.

Beyond the classroom

Our program actively seeks to engage you in activist and service projects. You are also encouraged to pursue internships, off-campus study, and campus leadership roles as a way to integrate classroom and real-world learning.

Learning on Cornell's One Course At A Time curriculum means that when you take on an internship or research project, you will apply your knowledge and gain practice full-time, not just once a week as you would at a school using the semester calendar. You may be working at a women’s shelter, a hospital, or anywhere there is a need for women’s advocacy, and you will be on site every day building relationships that will last long after your time at Cornell.

After you complete your degree

Graduates of our program leave Cornell with the knowledge and skills to pursue a wide range of careers and graduate studies. For example, one graduate works with victims of domestic violence as the director of a campus women's center and others are pursuing graduate studies in social work, public health, women's history, sociology, and political science.  

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