Gender & Sexuality Studies

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Gender and Sexuality Studies majors get active with abstract concepts. You’ll get to intern with local social justice groups and study cultures abroad. You can perform on stage and present at conferences. You’ll examine masculinity, women’s equality, and alternative self-expressions across disciplines. You’ll get to collaborate with groups on campus and in the community. You’ll resolve conflicts around race, class, and sexuality. And by graduation, you can lead the way to change in your personal life and your profession.



  • Plot your own course – Our program is a highly customizable course of study. We offer a diverse range of courses. These offerings enable you to build your own degree, rather than following a rigid course prescription. You’ll be able to plot your own best course of study with the guidance of Gender & Women’s Studies faculty members.
  • Perfect for double majors - If you are interested in enhancing and expanding your career and graduate study opportunities, Gender and Sexuality Studies is an excellent major to pair with a second degree. Our course load is particularly manageable for a double-major student. Plus, the social justice components of the degree are widely applicable across disciplines.
  • Volunteer - Many of our students volunteer at local organizations during their course of study. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience this field while still in school.

Beyond the Degree

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Sexuality Studies leads to careers in such fields as:

  • Child advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Creative arts
  • Education
  • Incarceration reform
  • Law
  • Market research
  • Midwifery
  • Public health
  • Public history
  • Public policy
  • Social justice work
  • Sociology
  • Teaching
  • Violence prevention
  • Women’s advocacy

For any career, this degree establishes that you can lead a team of people, resolve conflicts, communicate effectively, and bridge discussions across diverse cultures and identities. You will be able to apply the tools, methods, and knowledge from the Gender and Sexuality Studies program to social, political, and economic areas concerned with diversity, social justice, and human equality.



“My experience in the Gender and Women’s Studies program (now titled Gender and Sexuality Studies) at Fort Lewis College was very personal. Because of certain feelings I had—namely misunderstandings about my own (gender) identity—it was important for me to study gender and sexuality across time and space in order to realize that I was not, that I am not, alone. Specifically through studying trans identities, such as the Hijras of India or the Two-Spirit people of several Native cultures, I began to realize and accept who I am. In so doing, I gained not only self-awareness and acceptance, but an incredible strength and resilience. I can honestly and proudly say that, in large part because of my GWS degree, I am the change I wish to see in the world.”

- Drew Tomasi (Gender & Women’s Studies)

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