The Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts & Sciences that seeks to deepen our understanding of how gender and sexuality are ubiquitously intertwined with structures of power and inequality. Central to the curriculum are the following overarching assumptions:
That definitions of sex, gender, and sexuality are neither universal nor immutable, but are instead social constructions that vary across time and place, serve political ends, and have ideological underpinnings;
That gender and sexuality are best understood when examined in relation to one another, in relation to the oppression of women and sexual minorities (e.g., lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered and transsexual people), and in relation to other structures of privilege and oppression, especially racism and class exploitation; and
That even the most current knowledge derived from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences is not as impartial, objective, or neutral as has traditionally been thought, but emerges instead out of particular historical and political contexts.