Our students create change

We live in a moment when issues of identity, difference, and power continue to be highly, often violently, contested in the public sphere. FGSS helps students analyze how gender roles, relations, and identities intersect with hierarchies of power such as race, class, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, and age. Through personalized, interdisciplinary curricula and practical experience, our students learn critical gender and sexuality studies methodologies so that they can bring intersectional, social justice frames to their work in the world.

The Program offers an undergraduate major, secondary major, and minor, and an interdisciplinary honors program that is open to undergraduates in all majors. Additionally, the program offers a PhD minor that is open to all students currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Stanford.

Undergraduate Opportunities

Adrian Vega and Ailyn Rivera

Interdisciplinary Study & Practical Experience

What can you do with with a degree in FGSS?

Every course took a different approach to understanding and documenting queerness and queer history, which allowed me to receive a truly bountiful learning of the focus. Whether it was theoretical, sociological, historical, political, or creative, each professor shed a new light and a new direction on interesting subjects I had never even heard of [and some that I had but had never seen in that light].
Brionna Bolanos '22

Graduate Opportunities

Develop Interdisciplinary Courses

Graduate Teaching in FGSS

Casey Patterson (English PhD Candidate, Clayman Fellow) taught a new FGSS course Winter 2023 on Black Feminism and the SciFi of Octavia Butler.

News and Events


Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 12:00 - 1:30pm
Attneave House
589 Capistrano Way

The question of Freud and his women—and Freud's women problem—has dogged psychoanalysis in the intervening…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 2:00 - 3:30pm
Terrace Room (Margaret jacks Hall, 4th Floor)

Join us as we celebrate our American Studies Honors Student, Marli Bosler! Marli will deliver a short presentation on her…

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Roble Gym
375 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305
Rm 139

Documenting processes of listening as a white queer scholar to Black lesbian comic Jackie “Moms” Mabley, this talk explores the ethics of…