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Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program rich with opportunities for research and critical analysis. It examines and challenges assumptions and constructs about gender that affect women's and men's lives around the globe.

As a Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies major at Union, you will use feminist theory and gender analysis in courses across the disciplines – in anthropology, classics, economics, English, history, modern languages, music, political science, psychology, sociology and studio fine arts.

A central goal of the program is to help students become aware of unexamined assumptions and stereotypes about sexual and gender differences, and how they shape human organizations and institutions. Many courses also introduce students to differences of class, race, ethnic and sexual orientation in a range of societies.

Special learning opportunities

To develop students' knowledge and ability to analyze organizations that deal with gender and women's issues, a one-term internship at a designated organization in the Capital Region is recommended. Students have interned with local social services, law and media centers, childcare centers, gay and lesbian groups, women's advocacy groups and health care providers.

Students gain a global perspective of this academic discipline through several international programs, including a three-week mini-term, social movements in Argentina, which features meetings with women's activists and political leaders. A term abroad in São Paulo, Brazil, delves into women, environment and social change.


Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies provides a foundation of knowledge that prepares students for careers in business, education, journalism, law, politics and public policy.

Meet some of our faculty

Claire Bracken

Claire Bracken

Associate professor of English
Ph.D., University College Dublin
Special interests: Gender and sexuality in Irish writing

Megan Ferry

Megan Ferry

Associate professor of Chinese and Asian studies
Ph.D., Washington University
Special interests: Gender and sexuality in modern China

Deidre Hill Butler

Deidre Hill Butler

Associate professor of sociology
Ph.D., Clark University
Special interests: African American culture and African American women’s representation

Zoe Oxley

Andrea Foroughi

Associate professor of history
Ph.D., University of Minnesota University
Special interests: American women’s history, colonial through the present

After Union

Specialist, Save the Children

Public Defender, Franklin County (N.Y.).

Commercial litigation associate, Day Pitney LPP

Tour consultant, ACIS Educational Tours

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