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Welcome to the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Welcome to the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at the University of California, Davis.

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program founded on the understanding that the social production of gender is inseparable from that of race, sexuality, class, nationality, ability and other categories of difference. Our curriculum places feminist concerns within a transnational context, while respecting the need for geographic and historical specificity. These frameworks inform our teaching, our research, our institutional and community practices, and the principles we bring to our classrooms.

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies offers a wide range of classes that use the lens of gender to examine colonialism and post-colonialism, globalization, history, sexuality, queer theory, literature, popular culture, feminist video production, area studies, film, fashion and food. We also offer students the opportunity to earn internship credits, conduct independent research, and write an Honors Thesis.

The Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program at Davis offers both an undergraduate Major and Minor. We also work collaboratively with other units on campus to sponsor two undergraduate minors, Sexuality Studies and Social and Ethnic Relations, and an undergraduate concentration in transnational production and consumption. On the graduate level, we are affiliated with the Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research and work very closely with the Cultural Studies Graduate Group.

We invite you to read more about our program and explore the many options that Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies has to offer.