Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Program Overview

Commit to social justice and learn to think critically about what it means to be gendered in the world today.

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies is an integral part of the curriculum of Agnes Scott College. Approximately one-third of the Agnes Scott faculty teach courses cross-listed in this discipline.

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies courses invite students to explore gender and its intersections with sexuality, race and ethnicity, nationality, disability, and class. Women and gender are analyzed from the perspective of the humanities, fine arts, social and natural sciences. Controversial issues are approached from various viewpoints, inspiring lively classroom debate and critical thinking.

What You'll Learn

Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies majors gain increased knowledge about women and gender, develop a commitment to social justice, hone critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills. You'll learn:

  • How to think critically on what it means to be gendered in today's world
  • An understanding of the multi-racial, multi-ethnic and global nature of feminism
  • The connections between feminist theory and practice through a required internship with an established community partner

Program Highlights

Campus Culture

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies equips students to think critically about what it means to be gendered in the world today. Because Agnes Scott is a college for women, and nearly all the humanities, fine arts and social science departments offer Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies courses, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies is woven seamlessly into the fabric of Agnes Scott’s culture and curriculum.

Experiential Learning

Due to the symbiotic relationship between theory and practice in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, all students of the major complete an internship. Recent internship placements include: the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, the Marcus Autism Center, and the Feminist Women’s Health Center.

Campus Involvement

Many Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies students are involved in campus clubs and organizations such as student government, Triota (the WGSS Honor Society), Latinas UNIDAS, WITKAZE and the LGBTQIA student organizations on campus as well.

Meet the Faculty

Kelly Ball

Kelly H. Ball

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy

Elizabeth Hackett

Elizabeth Hackett

Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy

Mona Tajali

Mona Tajali

Associate Professor of International Relations and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Lauran Whitworth

Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Director of Environmental & Sustainability Studies

Working in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

The knowledge and skills honed as a Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies major are directly applicable to a variety of job environments.

Upon graduation, Women's Gender and Sexuality majors commonly work in organizations dedicated to social justice, pursue graduate study or law school, work in social service or nonprofit organizations, work with agencies and businesses that focus on women and LGBTQ issues, or teach.

  • Legal Advocate
  • Social Worker
  • Human Resources
  • Public Relations
  • Lobbyist
  • Social Justice/Non Profit Work

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