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Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

Kylan Mattias deVries, Associate Professor
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Associate Professor Associated Faculty Adjunct Faculty Emerita
Kylan de Vries Alma Rosa Alvarez Thomas Arce     Tangren Alexander   
  Brook Colley Janelle Wilson Anne Chambers
Assistant Professor Carol Ferguson   Sandra Coyner
Carey Jean Sojka Jennifer Longshore   Echo Fields
  Diana Maltz   Sandra Holstein
  Jessica Piekielek   Barbara Scott Winkler
  Fraser Pierson    
  Alena Ruggerio    
  Devora Shapiro    
  Linda Wilcox Young    

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) at Southern Oregon University is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing the teaching and study of gender, sexuality, and women in society, culture, and history. The courses in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies examine the numerous ways in which gender and sexuality intersects with multiple social forces and shapes human experience.

Students learn about themselves and the world through critical thinking and personal and social empowerment. Integrating various disciplines, GSWS provides a supportive and challenging liberal arts education through a distinct interpretive framework. At SOU, GSWS emphasizes the relationship of classroom learning to social awareness and community involvement. In addition to providing general education courses, the program offers a minor, drawing on courses from departments and programs housed across the university. We also participate in the Interdisciplinary Studies Major, as both a primary and secondary field.

Students may also enroll in the Interdisciplinary Studies Major with Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies as either a primary or secondary area. For more information about the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies minor, contact the program chair.

Program Requirements



Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science




Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies