Students enjoy some quiet down time in Saints Rest coffee shop downtown only a couple blocks away from campus

Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS)

A crosscutting field that teaches you to see differently.

Who has power and privilege? How is power constructed? How does it operate in people’s lives? These are a few of the questions you’ll ponder while studying gender, women’s, and sexuality studies. You’ll explore identity through intersectional analysis (i.e., examine the ways race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability, and nationality interact) and enhance your cultural awareness and respect. You’ll learn feminist and queer theories. You’ll use methods and models borrowed from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences and think through those different lenses, developing flexibility and nimbleness along the way. Research will be a key part of your experience, and you’ll ask questions about that too. All of which will prepare you well to pursue graduate study and/or a career in law, medicine, and nonprofits.

Department Information


Humanities and Social Studies Center
1226 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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