Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary minor which places the study of women, gender and sexuality at the center of the curriculum. 

It is designed to include cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspectives on the experiences and contributions of women, as well as an examination of the challenges and limitations due to gender. The GWSS minor offers students the opportunity to explore these issues by taking specially focused classes in Anthropology, Art, Economics, English, History, Media and Communication Studies, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology and Theater. 

Because gender and sexuality are fundamental to the ways people understand themselves, a minor in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies can enhance practically any other field of study. 

 Co-sponsored events in 2016-2017

Anika Backelin-Harrison (2019), Courtney DuChene (2019), Sophie Gioffre (2019), Rae Hodenfield (2018), Sarah Hojsak (2018), Bailey Ludwig (2019), Allison Rohr (2017), Emily Shue (2018), and Roumaissaa Tailassane (2019) presented their work at the 2017 Annual Student Conference sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium, which was held at Villanova University on April 7, 2017. The conference offered an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their work and interact with students and faculty from area universities.

On February 16, 2017, Jennifer Finney Boylan, who served as the Updike-Hoyer Writer in Residence at Ursinus in 2010, gave a lecture on “Gender and Resistance.” Boylan’s 2003 autobiography, She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders was the first book by an openly transgender American to become a bestseller.

On November 28-29, 2016, performance artist Zackary Drucker gave a presentation about her wide-ranging work on trans identity and life. She also led a lunch talk about the 2016 elections and the future of LGBTQ+ rights. Drucker’s collaborations with media artist Rhys Ernst, which documented their private moments as an opposite-oriented transgender couple, were featured at the 2014 Whitney Biennial and in The New York Times Magazine. Drucker and Ernst also serve as co-producers for the hit Amazon series Transparent, which has been a leading factor in pushing transgender awareness into mainstream consciousness.

On September 14, 2016, popular blogger Mia McKenzie hosted a moderated, conversation-style Q&A event that explored themes of race, queerness, class and gender. McKenzie is a Philadelphia native and author of Black Girl Dangerous: On Race, Queerness, Class and Gender.