Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Department Chair:
Greggor Mattson

Administrative Assistant:
David Divins

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8923
Fax: (440) 775-6698

Rice Hall 29
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

Department 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 program 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. GSFS draws on faculty across campus with expertise and scholarship in gender, sexuality, and feminist studies.


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. Students have 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.


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