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.

Fall 2020 Course Announcement

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GWSS 220
Mimi Marinucci, PhD
5 credits
Satisfies a BACR for Humanities and Arts
TR 2-4:20 p.m.

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

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GWSS 250
Elizabeth Kissling, PhD
5 credits
Satisfies a BACR for Humanities and Arts
MW 1-3:20 p.m.
MW 10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Students will apply a critical lens on the representation of gender in popular cultural mediums including film, TV, music, the internet, social media, video games, and magazines. Employing intersectional theory, other social categories are considered including but not limited to, sexuality, race, ability, and class.

GWSS 266
Elizabeth Kissling, PhD
5 credits
Satisfies a BACR for Social Sciences
TR 10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

This interdisciplinary course explores personal, social, and political concerns regarding gender and health, including public health practice, epidemiological research, health policy, and access to health services. It includes a discussion of health and reproductive justice activism.

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GWSS 326
Jessi Willis, PhD
5 credits
Satisfies a Diversity Requirement
TR 1-3:20 p.m.

Introduction to feminist theories about bodies, sexualities, and embodiment through a cultural lens of analysis. Students will examine the impact of historical and contemporary beliefs about gender, sexuality, and the body on experiences, expressions, and understandings of everyday life.

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GWSS 339
Judy Rohrer, PhD
5 credits
Honors Elective
TR 8-10:20 a.m. (meeting asynchronously)

In this course, we study the convergences and discontinuities between social justice and social policy by analyzing how they play out in the realms of sexuality and gender identity. We frame our exploration in the context of the United States by examining the intersections of social policy and sexuality/gender identity with immigration, transgender, and disability politics.


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:


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Human Rights Associate Director

Manager of Donor & Alumni Relations

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