Gender and Sexualities Studies Major

You’ve heard of Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth, probably read Emily Dickinson and Toni Morrison and doubtless were awed by Sally Ride. What do these women have in common? They and other amazing women have played incredible roles in history, and they’re part of a continuing legacy. Now, you can study the effect women have had on philosophy, history, literature, anthropology and other disciplines and gain an understanding for how gender has always functioned as a dynamic component in our institutions and culture. You can do all this and more through the gender and sexualities studies major.


Begin your gender and sexualities studies major or minor with a multidisciplinary introductory course that prepares you for one of the broadest areas of study at Marquette. Define your own emphases as you design your course of study. Then, integrate your academic experiences and test your ideas in the real world — where you’ll make valuable contacts — in our innovative capstone course. "One of the gross misconceptions about feminism is that it's only about women. But in order for a woman to live freely, men have to live freely, too." — Susan Faludi, author of Stiffed.

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Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.

Introductory course

  • Perspectives on Women in Society

Exploratory courses

These enable students to explore gender and sexualities studies issues as they arise within particular disciplines. Students choose 4 courses.

  • Women and Men in Cross-cultural Perspective
  • Introduction to Schooling in a Diverse Society
  • Culture and Health
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Psychology of Prejudice
  • Women in the Bible

Integrative courses

These combine theory with practice or link distinct subjects together. Choose four.

  • Mass Media and the American Family
  • Women, Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Women’s Health
  • Childhood in America (offered every other year)
  • Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Gender (offered every two years)
  • Psychology of Gender Roles (offered annually)
  • Race, Gender, Medicine (offered annually)

Capstone Course