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About Us

The Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies provides students with the background and skills to investigate the significance of gender and sexuality in all areas of human life. 

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies examines how societies structure gender roles, relations, and identities, and how these intersect with other hierarchies of power such as class, race, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, and age.  The program coordinates courses offered across the University into a curriculum of feminist and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer studies.  Students learn and employ critical gender and sexuality studies methodologies to analyze the assumptions about gender and sexuality that inform the study of individuals, cultures, social institutions, policy, and other areas of scholarly inquiry. 

The program offers an undergraduate major, secondary major, 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.

Each Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies student builds an individual program of study around a self-defined thematic focus that integrates courses from multiple departments.  Majors may declare Arts & Culture, Global Studies, Health, or LGBT/Queer Studies as their subplan or students may design their own thematic focus.

The Program encourages work in the arts and supports creative honors theses. Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

In addition, the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers a PhD minor to students enrolled in a doctorate program at Stanford.  Please see our Graduate Students page for more information.

Email inquiries can be directed to maxec [at] (maxec[at]stanford[dot]edu).