The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies is a comprehensive interdisciplinary program 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 institute draws on faculty across campus with expertise and scholarship in gender, sexuality, and feminist studies.
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 researchStudents 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.