Gender and Sexuality Studies Student Learning Outcomes




Explain diversity and difference in women's experiences due to race, ethnicity, and class.

Identify ways in which gender is a social construct.

Analyze how women are represented in language and culture.

Compare and contrast women's experiences in the paid and unpaid labor force.

Identify the impact of sexuality and body image on women's lives.

Analyze the causes of violence against women.



Explain the critique of U.S. gender relations by leading First Wave feminist activists.

Identify the arguments in the foundational works of Second Wave feminist theory.

Explain how race, class, gender, sexuality, and nation intersect to function as systems of oppression.

Describe variants of 19th, 20th, and 21st century feminism.




1. Describe how sexuality - including sexual identity, orientation, and desire - is socially constructed.

2. Discuss how perceived differences in sexual identity and/or orientation result in discrimination.

3. Detail some of the ways in which LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer) individuals and communities have resisted inequalities and forms of oppression.



Analyze personal skills, vocational interest and values; integrate these factors and relate them to possible educational and career choices.

Identify and utilize a variety of sources of occupational and career information.

Recognize personal attributes and educational information employing realistic decision-making strategies for personal and career goals.

Identify the components of the job search.

Upon completion of the class students will be able to identify resources for researching a possible career.



Use theoretical arguments to explain and analyze various components of popular culture.

Apply feminist theory to analyze representations of gender in the media.

Identify and explain how socially and culturally constructed categories such as gender, race, class and sexual idntity function together to formulate systems of oppression.

Think critically about the impact of popular culture in shaping individual and collective identities.

Articulate connections between personal experiences and wider social institutions and structures.