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Bachelor's Degree in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

B.A. or B.S. in gender, women, and sexuality studies; minor

The Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies program, or GWSS, seeks to better understand a wide variety of social justice issues. Students may earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science through courses that examine the origins and dynamics of discriminations; legal and political efforts for social change; and the achievements and leadership of women, LGBT people and people of color.

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Students in many majors, such as Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, connect with each other by sharing their experiences and learning opportunities.

The K-State difference

GWSS graduates are prepared for nonprofit and advocacy work, health and human services fields, medicine, education and more. Beyond being a solid foundation for various careers, students find invaluable experience in various departmental clubs, including GWSS Ambassadors, and FIRE, a feminist student organization.

The department welcomes many internationally acclaimed speakers, including environmental activists and popular culture scholars. Students also can earn academic credit for internships. Former students have interned at K-State's Center for Advocacy,Response and Education; Emily's List; Ms. Magazine; the Kansas Legislature; Planned Parenthood and more.

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Did you know?

GWSS faculty are actively engaged in community research, working alongside organizations promoting racial justice, food security and LGBTQ rights.

What classes will I take in gender, women, and sexuality studies?

This interdisciplinary program combines course offerings and faculty expertise to take a critical look at understanding and challenging:

  • Violence based on gender, sexuality, race, disability or nationality
  • Queer and trans studies
  • Gender, race and sexuality in literature and culture
  • Community service and social change

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Further your education

Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (Minor)
Queer Studies (Minor)
Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (Graduate Certificate)

What can I do with a degree in gender, women and sexuality studies?

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