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.

Spring 2021 Course Announcement

Spinning on a Dime - Scott Richard
Spinning on a Dime –  Scott Richard

GWSS 101
Jessi Willis, PhD
5 credits
Satisfies a BACR for Humanities and Arts
MW 10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Hybrid with Synchronous Zoom meeting on Wednesday, optional asynchronous time on Monday
TR 2-4:20 p.m. Hybrid with Synchronous Zoom meeting on Thursday, optional asynchronous time on Tuesday

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.

Graffiti: Gender: Queer
Gender Queer – Charles Hutchins

GWSS 420
Mimi Marinucci, PhD
5 credits
TR 1-3:20 p.m. Hybrid with Synchronous Zoom meeting on Tuesday, optional asynchronous time on Thursday

This course examines the emerging field of queer theory. Queer theory questions the stability of various identity categories, suggesting instead that all performances of sex, gender, and sexuality are influenced by cultural, historical and political factors.

Senior Capstone
Feminism by Peter Kelly

GWSS 490 
Jessi Willis, PhD
5 credits
MW 2-4:20 p.m. Hybrid with Synchronous Zoom meeting on Wednesday, optional asynchronous time on Monday

The advanced student of GWSS consolidates and synthesizes feminist scholarship in the seminar. Working collaboratively, instructor and students draw together scholars and their work in numerous disciplines, relating them and drawing conclusions about the nature of society and feminist reality.

GWSS 332
Julia Smith, PhD
4 credits
Satisfies university graduation diversity requirement
This course examines notions of sex and gender from a cross-cultural perspective. Material covered includes understandings of gender, third genders, human sexuality and the gendered nature of activities in both non-Western and Western societies.

GWSS 430
Gloria Baynes, PhD
5 credits

This course examines historical writings by and about Black women, discussing slavery, lynching, combating prejudices and encouraging racial pride to provide a framework that will deepen understanding of the topic.



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.

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:


Community Health Promoter

Corporate Communications Coordinator

Human Rights Associate Director

Manager of Donor & Alumni Relations

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