Our academic approach reflects the way feminists work—across subjects—exploring how gender, race, class, and sexuality are represented in relation to ethnicity, nationality, politics, and other categories of human experience.

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Faculty

Interdisciplinary by design, the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Programs draws its chair, faculty, and affiliate faculty from throughout the college and conservatory who are committed to teaching transnational and cross-cultural perspectives on gender, sexuality, and feminism. They bring a broad range of expertise based on their scholarship, research, and collaborative approach to this field of study.

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Program Overview

The Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program is a comprehensive interdisciplinary field of study committed to transnational perspectives on gender and sexuality at Oberlin College. Courses are available for minors and majors.

The institute provides support and direction for disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary scholarship in gender, sexuality, and feminist studies for faculty and students. This broad academic approach reflects the way feminists work—across subjects—exploring how gender, race, class, and sexuality are represented in relation to ethnicity, nationality, politics, and other categories of human experience. Collaborations include courses in African American studies, comparative American studies, East Asian studies, English, politics, history, religion, and sociology, among others. The GSFSP draws on faculty across campus with expertise and scholarship in gender, sexuality, and feminist studies.

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Curriculum Overview

Students take gateway courses to explore a range of theoretical and methodological approaches within the realm of gender, sexuality, and feminist studies. Advanced courses provide deeper understanding of subject material as well as develop students’ skills for critical and analytical reading, writing, and research. Students also learn to evaluate scholarship as it pertains to gender, sexuality, and feminist issues and perspectives.

Faculty advisors help you to shape a program of study that corresponds with your interests and career goals. You will have the opportunity to complete a research project relating to your major. Seminars, faculty and guest lectures, conferences, workshops, and modular studies complement classroom instruction. The program also provides opportunities for fellowships, internships, interdisciplinary projects, and study abroad.

Students who earn a degree in this major often pursue graduate-level education or enter the workforce. Our graduates have excelled in such professions as academia, communications, human rights, nonprofit management, public health and medicine, public policy, and social work.

Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies News

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A Conversation with KJ Cerankowski

January 11, 2018
KJ Cerankowski, assistant professor of gender, sexuality, and feminist studies (GSFS) and comparative American studies (CAS), discusses one pivotal experience in a feminist bookstore, asexuality, and the value of GSFS and CAS in a variety of careers.
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Sparking Interest in Sexual Health Education

November 29, 2017
Just a few months after graduating, Tory Sparks ’17 has landed her dream job as a community outreach educator with Planned Parenthood. She’s stationed in the organization’s Washtenaw County location in Michigan, where she works with high schoolers.