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Global Gender and Sexuality Studies

Global Gender and Sexuality Studies Director: Linda White
Freeman International Center 221 - Telephone: 802-443-5680

Concerns pertaining to gender and sexuality, as well as how feminism is articulated around the world, have become central to the interdisciplinary project of international and global studies. The thematic cluster will be comprised of five courses, through which students can gain the knowledge and tools to bring feminist epistemologies to bear on their analyses of international and global issues. Scholars in feminist and queer studies—and in the subfields of postcolonial feminism and transnational queer studies, for example—have centralized the construction of space and place in ways that will be useful to IGS students. The cluster reflects the rigor of feminist and queer analyses of the global and international and is flexible enough to permit choices among students. The core GSFS courses will offer students the theory and methods needed for an engagement with global concerns, while the courses in the breadth requirements will enable an analysis of specific national/transnational courses. Since GSFS is an interdisciplinary program, the track reflects an interdisciplinary approach to questions of gender and sexuality


There is no mandatory language requirement. See courses and requirements above to fulfill the language competency required for the major.

Track Requirements

  1. Introductory course

One of the following: GSFS 0191, 0200, 0289

  1. Feminist Theory: GSFS 0320
  2. One course pertaining to the intersection of race and gender, taken from the Critical Race Studies breadth requirement (see below)
  3. Two courses pertaining to transnational concerns taken from the Transnational/National Feminism breadth requirement: one of these courses should be taken during the study abroad semester. (see below)

Study Abroad:

There is no recommended study abroad site. However, at least one study abroad courses should transfer as a GSFS elective that meets the national/transnational feminism breadth requirement. In the semester prior to studying abroad, the student should consult with the GSFS director to confirm the proposed course would transfer appropriately.

See Courses and Requirements above.

Senior Requirements:

See courses and requirements above.

Course offerings for GSFS Breadth Requirements

The courses offered in the breadth requirements vary from semester to semester; these courses are posted on the GSFS website and here.

Program in International and Global Studies

Robert A. Jones '59 House
148 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753