Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

About Us

Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies offers students the skills to critically and actively engage with the world. In this interdisciplinary field, you will integrate theory and practice to transform social relations, representations, knowledges, institutions, and policies.

Whether you’re interested in activism, the intersection of gender and race, theory, sexuality, gender and communication, or women in history, we have courses to meet your needs.

Find out more about the value of a GWSS degree.


Fall 2021 Course Announcement

At the top of the flyer, there is an photograph of four people wearing Rosie the Riveter costumes (red and white polka dotted bandanas and dark blue uniforms) in front of a "Together, We Can Do It!" sign with their arms held in a muscular pose.GWSS 101

Jessi Willis, PhD
MWF 10-11:30 a.m.
MWF 1-2:30 p.m.

Judy Rohrer, PhD
TR 9-11:20 a.m.

5 credits
Satisfies a BACR for Humanities and Arts

This interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce you to the study of women, gender, feminism, and systems of oppression and privilege. We will draw upon a diverse collection of writing, classroom exercises, films, and discussions to better understand women’s experiences (primarily in the U.S.) both empirically and theoretically.

People marching in a pride parade with balloons gathered in the shapes of the letters p r i d eGWSS 220
Mimi Marinucci, PhD
5 credits
TR 2 – 4:20 p.m.
Satisfies a BACR for humanities and arts.

This course explores the interdisciplinary scholarship on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities and histories, as well as queer and emerging identities.

Graffiti that reads "gender is a social construct"GWSS 326
Jessi Willis, PhD
5 credits
Satisfies a university graduation requirement – diversity
Pre-requisites: ENGL 201 or equivalent.
TR 9 – 11:20 a.m.

This course examines cultural beliefs about gender, sex, sexuality, and the body. Experiences throughout our lifetimes impact ways that we learn to embody gender, express sexuality, and live in our bodies. We use intersectional feminist approaches to consider the variety of lived, embodied experiences and social effects of categorizing bodies.

GWSS 416
Qingru Xu, PhD
5 credits
Cross-listed: CMST 416
Pre-requisites: junior standing

This course examines some of the relationships between media in the U.S. and social constructions of gender and sexuality.



Our Mission

Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies at Eastern Washington University generates opportunities for interdisciplinary feminist analysis and knowledge creation while fostering leadership in intersectional activism.

We achieve our mission by:

  • Building awareness and understanding of difference, power, and privilege.
  • Enhancing the experience and strengthening the qualifications of students as they prepare for careers in a wide range of fields.
  • Supporting interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and creative works among faculty, students, and staff.
  • Collaborating with campus and community partners that are focused on centering lived experiences of those who have been historically marginalized.

Why Study Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies at Eastern?

Our core values of equity, inclusivity, and justice are embedded in all that we do.

The Value of a GWSS Degree

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Get Involved

You'll have the opportunity for feminist analysis, knowledge creation, exercising leadership and participating in activism.

Make a Difference

Build awareness and understanding of difference, power, and privilege.

Excellent Job Opportunities

Our graduates have a great record of finding employment soon after graduation.

Careers in Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

Our curriculum prepares students for a wide variety of occupational possibilities:


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