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Gender and Sexuality Studies

Why choose Gender and Sexuality Studies at North Central?

Conversations around gender and sexuality permeate our daily lives, whether we’re at the doctor’s office or in the voting booth, traveling abroad or tweeting about pop culture. The gender and sexuality studies program explores questions about sex and gender, traditional and emerging gender definitions and roles, what it means to be an ally and what it means to be LGBTQ+. A minor in gender and sexuality studies is applicable to any profession in our diverse and evolving global workforce.

At North Central College, you’ll talk about gender and sexuality in relation to racism, sexism, classism, heteropatriarchy and other enforced systems in society. We are committed to seeking out new ways to address hierarchy and conflict through accountability and healing. In this important program, you’ll be prepared for graduate school or a variety of industries like marketing, theatre, education, political science or religious studies. Whatever your postgraduate plans, gender and sexuality studies can help to make an impact on local and global communities.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN

  • Advancing knowledge of issues relevant to LGBTQIA+ identifying people
  • Providing expertise on gender, race, sexuality and class relations
  • Understanding gender inequalities at work, LGBT health issues and public policy

then a minor in GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES might be for you.

Why study gender and sexuality studies at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • Black Narrative
  • Feminism, Gender, Queer Theory
  • Feminist Economics
  • Gender and Ethics
  • Gender and Literary Feminisms
  • Gender: Patterns/Privileges/Possibilities
  • Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media
  • Global Views: Women in Science
  • Human Sexuality: A Clash of Values
  • Nineteenth-Century Europe: Sex and Mass Hysteria
  • Sex, Gender and Sexuality
  • Sexuality and Christianity
  • U.S. Women’s History 
  • Women and the Bible

Beyond the Classroom

As a gender and sexuality studies minor you can:

  • Apply for internships and jobs through robust faculty and alumni networks or the Center for Career and Professional Development.
  • Participate in discussions on topics like women’s rights activism, gender-based violence, LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive health care, transgender identity, masculinity in performance, and religious perspectives on sex and gender.
  • Attend special presentations by visiting scholars and organizers at the forefront of 21st century developments in Gender and sexuality studies.

More Department information

Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor

For additional information and courses in this department, see Gender and Sexuality Studies.

A minimum of 20 credit hours, including:

Core Requirements

Electives

An additional twelve credit hours, with at least four at the 300-level or above.

Note:

A student may not receive credit toward the GSST minor for both PHIL 320 and SGBS 310.

Gender and Sexuality Studies Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

  • Sarah's Inn, Oak Park, IL
  • Domestic Violence Courthouse, Chicago

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in Gender and Sexuality Studies have been accepted at:

  • Emporia State University, Portland, OR
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Careers

Recent graduates in Gender and Sexuality Studies have worked at:

  • Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Aurora, IL

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