The Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexualities Studies (INGS) Program at Marquette University 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.
Potential topics and areas of focus include family, workforce, schooling, socialization and health, among others. Additionally, there is an emphasis on examination of these topics through feminist theory, which seeks to understand the roles of members of society by understanding the intersecting aspects of their identity. This aligns with the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, which advocates taking into account everyone as an individual.
The INGS program integrates aspects of multiple disciplines, such as history, literature, theology, philosophy, sociology, and political science. This allows for a 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.