Sexuality and Gender Studies

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Students of Sexuality and Gender Studies examine how gender and sexuality impact the individual, our institutions, and our society. Core courses explore the dimensions of gender and sexuality from a psycho-sociocultural perspective. Sexual minority research and culture is examined. Insights contribute to literacy, empowerment and cultural understandings. Students have the opportunity to develop professionally through internships and research opportunities.

Students can pursue Sexuality and Gender Studies as a minor.

Why sexuality and gender studies at Mary Baldwin University?

Students pursing this minor will graduate having acquired a level of literacy to better understand the social forces related to sexuality and gender that affect the individual, the community and the culture at large. Studies in the minor’s curriculum will inquire into the disciplines of biology, psychology, education, sociology, anthropology and sociocultural understandings as influenced by religion, socioeconomic, ethical, and political paradigms.

The benefits of a minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies include:

  • Enhancement of student professional preparation and development as future educators, counselors, researchers, and administrators.
  • Graduates will have transcripts indicating the completion of a Sexuality and Gender Studies minor.
  • Emancipatory opportunities that provide meaning and literacy are available as students elect to inquire into the academic field of sexuality and gender studies.
  • Critical thinking skills and the creation of undergraduate research opportunities will be developed.
  • Students improve cognitive and affective proficiencies through the course sequence with contributions also to be made towards student development relative to multicultural understanding, compassion and awareness.

The Sexuality and Gender Studies discipline offers courses which provide a model for interdisciplinary teaching, pedagogical experimentation, and an attempt to understand and bridge human differences based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, social class, and ethnicity. Understanding the conceptual differences and intersections between sexuality and gender contribute to the discourse throughout the minor. A broad spectrum of social science disciplines contribute to better understanding the inequities and cultural power struggles inherent in identities designated by both the sexual binary of male and female, and the gendered binary of masculinity and femininity.

In congruence with Mary Baldwin University’s Strategic Plan the Sexuality and Gender Studies program provides students with the opportunity to examine new scholarship, engage in undergraduate research and prepare for futures that can make students agents of change as they become leaders at universities, businesses and communities where they can help bridge understandings of the range of variations among men and women based on concepts of race, ethnicity, social class, age, and sexual orientation and gender. Students in this program will develop foundational, critical, and creative thinking skills. Program outcomes are exemplified through the education of our graduates; tomorrow’s civic and global leaders. Engaging in course work in the minor enhances each student’s understanding of not only our differences, but our universal commonality in trying to address some of our most pressing social issues.

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