Gender and sexualities Studies Program

The Gender and Sexualities Studies Program at Marquette University is an interdisciplinary program that explores the ways in which gender, race, class, sexuality, and other social identities and locals impact not only society, but the lived experiences of individuals and their social relationships in a national and transnational context. Based on its origins in examining gendered power and inequality, this program examines the path of societies, communities and individuals through social, political, cultural and other contexts that are influenced by their identifiers.

This includes topics such as family, workforce, schooling, socialization and health, among others. Additionally, there is an emphasis on examination of topics through feminist theory, which seeks to understand the roles of members of society by understanding the intersecting aspects of their identity, much in line with the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, which advocates taking into account everyone as an individual.

The gender and sexualities studies program has existed at Marquette since the 1980s, when the grassroots women's faculty group ALPHA lobbied for, and was eventually able to introduce, the program at Marquette. This has served as the basis for years of research, scholarship and education on topics of gender, sexuality and factors influencing the individual’s experience.

In its current format, the gender and sexualities studies program integrates aspects of multiple disciplines, such as history, literature, theology, philosophy, sociology and political science. This allows for multifaceted understanding of the issues present in the area of gender and sexuality studies, hones critical thinking skills, and better prepares students in the program for interdisciplinary work and/or graduate studies after their undergraduate career.


How to declare gender and sexualities studies

1. Download and print either the major declaration or minor declaration form.

2. Have Dr. Angelique Harris, director of gender and sexualities studies, sign the form.

3. Please turn in the signed form into the records office for your primary college office. The records office for Arts & Sciences is located in Sensenbrenner Hall, G-004.


Course Examples

  • ADVE 4200Gender in Advertising from the Inside-Out
  • ANTH 3330 Women and Men in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANTH 4320 Culture, Law and Violence
  • ARBC 3210 Arabic Literature in English Translation: Arab & Muslim Women in America
  • COMM 4500 Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media
  • CRLS 3640 Domestic Violence in the United States
  • ENGL 4611 Individual Authors: Jane Austen
  • ENGL 4715 Children's Literature
  • HIST 4245 Women in Western Civilization
  • HIST 4953 Readings in History: Gender, Sex and Family
  • HIST 4955 Undergraduate Seminar: Gender in History
  • MANA 3035 Diversity in Organizations
  • PHIL 3770 Feminist Philosophy
  • PSYC 3220 Human Sexuality
  • PSYC 4720 Psychology of Marriage and Family
  • SOCI 3500 Race, Gender, Medicine
  • SOCI 4450 Sociology of Sex and Gender
  • SPAN 4931 Topics in Spanish Language, Culture, and Literature: Contemporary Spanish Women
  • THEO 2310 Explorations in Christian Theology: Feminist Theology


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About the Center

The Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies provides a bridge space supporting scholarly work and the lived experience of gender and sexualities.

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The Center
(414) 288-0856
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Dr. Angelique (Angie) Harris
Director and Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Sciences
Lalumiere Hall, Room 355
(414) 288-7438