May 28, 2024  
2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies

Kylan Mattias deVries, Professor and Chair
Taylor 125

Professor Associated Faculty Adjunct Faculty Emerita
Kylan de Vries Alma Rosa Alvarez Anna Sloan Anne Chambers
  Travis Campbell Janelle Wilson Sandra Coyner
Associate Professor Brook Colley   Carol Ferguson
Carey Jean Sojka Katherine Fox   Echo Fields
  Joshua Goodman   Sandra Holstein
  Justin Harmon   Fraser Pierson
  Laurie Kurutz   Linda Wilcox Young
  Jennifer Longshore   Barbara Scott Winkler
  Diana Maltz    
  Emily Miller-Francisco    
  Jessica Piekielek    
  Alena Ruggerio    
  Kelly Szott    
  Chance White Eyes    

Gender, Sexuality & 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 & 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 & Women’s Studies as either a primary or secondary area. For more information about the Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies minor, contact the program chair.

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Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies