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Interdisciplinary, Intersectional, International

 

Women & Gender Studies now offers a minor in LGBTQ Studies! 

With the new minor in LGBTQ Studies, the Women & Gender Studies Program builds on its rich history of intellectual studies and creative work that links the campus to the community. Inaugurated as a Minor in 1992, expanded to a Major in 2006, and now with a minor in LGBTQ Studies, we are one of the strongest interdisciplinary programs on campus. 

We are committed to the pedagogy of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies to give students critical tools to engage the challenges of contemporary life and to work toward a goal of social justice and social transformation.

We rigorously challenge conventional cultural assumptions about multiple forms of sexual difference as constructed by culture and history, and intersecting oppressive forces of race, sexuality, class, and colonialism.

Our courses, rooted in important and innovative research, address hierarchies of knowledge, global and transnational feminist and queer movements, the historical roots of gender-based inequality, queer social and political movements, and the ethical and theological foundations of gender and human rights. 

An LGBTQ Studies minor is a focused examination of the intellectual, cultural and political experiences and knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified individuals and groups.

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Women and Gender Studies at Seattle University Inaugurates LGBTQ Studies

The Program has a rich history of intellectual studies and creative work that links the campus to the community. Women and Gender Studies was inaugurated as a Minor in 1992 and expanded to a Major in 2006 and has become one of the strongest interdisciplinary programs on campus. Women and Gender Studies rigorously challenges conventional cultural assumptions about multiple forms of sexual difference as constructed by culture and history, and how these forms of difference intersect with forces like race, sexuality, class, and colonialism.

We have developed courses to introduce important and innovative research that addresses problems such as hierarchies of knowledge, global and transnational feminist movements, the historical roots of gender inequality, and the ethical and theological foundations of gender and human rights. The program reflects the fundamental commitment of the pedagogy of feminist and gender studies to give students critical tools to engage the challenges of contemporary life and to work toward a goal of social justice and social transformation.

Join us this year at a series of events that focus on women and gender in the Middle East, leadership in business and non-profit organizations, gender and immigration, transgender studies, and new feminisms in South Asian social media, film, and literature. 

 

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