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Why Study Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Goucher?

We offer historical, contemporary and transnational analyses of how women, men, and transgender people experience the dynamics of power, oppression, and resistance in many different situations. Employing a comparative approach, students explore how gender intersects with issues of nation, geographical location, histories of colonialism, culture, religion, sexuality, class, and race.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

Our students explore how gender intersects with the concepts of nation, geography, colonialism, culture, religion, sexuality, class, and race. The curriculum prepares students to use feminist methodologies and sexuality studies to examine and enrich other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the arts. Our students see the ways in which gender is being thought about and practiced, and they develop their own analytical skills to evaluate and amend political, institutional, and ideological practices.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Goucher’s unique liberal arts curriculum also helps students master the skills employers overwhelmingly want in job candidates. Students who major in women, gender, and sexuality studies gain a strong liberal arts background linked to a range of practical experiences. Our graduates pursue advanced training and degrees in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and law at top graduate programs. Others pursue work in the private sphere, government, social services, and advocacy programs at organizations such as House of Ruth Maryland Inc., Jewish Service Corp, Chicago Women’s Health Center, and Planned Parenthood.


Major & Minor Program Contacts
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies major and minor: Irline François

Full-Time Faculty

Irline François, Associate Professor - Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Mel Michelle Lewis, Associate Professor - Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Intersectional Approaches to Feminist Theory – Black Feminist Thought, Queer Feminisms, and Transfeminist Perspectives Queer Theory Black – Queer Studies, LGBTQIA Advocacy, Activism, and Public Policy, Feminist and Critical Pedagogies – Teaching as Performative Text and Embodied Pedagogical Practice

Part-Time Faculty
Marianne Githens

Affiliate Faculty
James Dator, Nyasha Grayman-Simpson, Uta Larkey, Angelo Robinson, Michelle Tokarczyk.

Study Abroad

By studying abroad, choosing 3-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Visit the Office of International Studies website for more information.

Office of International Studies

Opportunities & Internships

Public Leadership Institute for Women

Under a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Goucher established a Public Leadership Institute for Women to prepare students for leadership roles in the public arena. The institute provides an opportunity for students to work as interns with women leaders at all levels of government. Goucher students have served as interns in Washington, DC, with women lobbyists, members of regulatory commissions, and congresswomen, and in Annapolis with women members of the Maryland legislature and the women's caucus of the Maryland General Assembly. Placements have also included internships with women judges and members of city and county councils. Internships with women office holders are also available to students in their home communities during January and summer breaks.

The Public Leadership Institute for Women sponsors public leadership conferences that bring prominent women leaders to campus to meet and talk with students. Recent speakers have included judges, members of the Maryland state legislature, and a former member of the European Parliament.

Goucher offers a January seminar on gender and public policy in Washington, DC. The seminar provides students with a firsthand look at the policy-making process at the federal level through faculty lectures supplemented by guest presentations by women judges, lobbyists, regulatory board members, congressional leaders, and government agency representatives. Policy briefings and site visits are an integral part of the seminar. Not limited to Goucher students, this seminar attracts students from across the country.


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

The women, gender, and sexuality studies faculty consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. Students are required to do an internship before or during their senior year to graduate with a major in women's studies.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.