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Welcome to Gender and Sexuality Studies

About the Program

Gender and Sexualities Studies (GSST) examines gender and sexual orientation issues and questions from a contemporary multidisciplinary perspective. At its core, Gender and Sexuality Studies investigates the relationship between individual lived experiences and the socio-historical conditions that define and shape those experiences. Gender and Sexuality Studies was one of the first interdisciplinary programs offered at Salisbury University.

Students majoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies will explore how gender and sexuality roles and expectations have been produced and shaped by social institutions such as politics, religion, family, media, medicine, education and art. As a result of this interdisciplinary approach, students gain valuable and marketable skills such as critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving and an understanding of and appreciation for diversity.

Beyond the Classroom

The Gender and Sexuality Studies provides opportunities for students to supplement their academic experiences, for example: participate in Women’s History Month events, Take Back the Night, a state-wide conference of the University System of Maryland Women’s Forum, and volunteer at local non-profit organizations.

Students may also become members of several student organizations such as Women In Never-ending Kinnections (WINK), Campus Against Violence (CAV), Women in Leadership (WIL), and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Alliance (LGBTQ Alliance).

Group of Gender Studies Women

In the News

Gender and Sexuality Studies has a vital role to play as our society attempts to grapple with changing gender roles and changing attitudes toward sexuality. In politics, the media, education, and our communities, students trained in gender and sexuality have fertile ground in which to make a difference.

Career Opportunities

The Gender and Sexuality Studies degree provides students with the skills and knowledge to be successful employees in a wide array of fields (government and policy, research, non-profit organizations, education, etc.). Among the skills and knowledge acquired by GSST majors, many are identified by employers as critical in new hires - excellence in written and oral communication skills, team work, intercultural competence, social justice and problem solving as qualities that they are looking for in hiring*.

*Source: “What is a Liberal Education?” brochure of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, LEAP initiative
Gender Studies Women Discussing
  • Human Resources (Administrator, Manager, Trainer, Legal)
  • Advocate (Clinic, Victims’ Rights, Nonprofit)
  • Health (Physician, Nurse, Psychologist, Therapist)
  • Government (Law Enforcement, Social Work, Attorney)
  • Education (Librarian, Teacher, Consultant)
  • Arts (Visual, Dance, Music, Media)

Core Faculty

Dr. Kara French, Program Coordinator, History Department, 332 Holloway Hall, 410-548-3538, kmfrench@salisbury.edu

Dr. Diane Illig, Sociology Department Chair, 262 Fulton Hall, 410-677-5077, dsillig@salisbury.edu

Dr. Chrys Egan, Communication Arts Department, 265 Fulton Hall, 410-677-5436, cnegan@salisbury.edu

About the Program

Gender and Sexualities Studies (GSST) examines gender and sexual orientation issues and questions from a contemporary multidisciplinary perspective. At its core, Gender and Sexuality Studies investigates the relationship between individual lived experiences and the socio-historical conditions that define and shape those experiences. Gender and Sexuality Studies was one of the first interdisciplinary programs offered at Salisbury University.

Students majoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies will explore how gender and sexuality roles and expectations have been produced and shaped by social institutions such as politics, religion, family, media, medicine, education and art. As a result of this interdisciplinary approach, students gain valuable and marketable skills such as critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving and an understanding of and appreciation for diversity.

Beyond the Classroom

The Gender and Sexuality Studies provides opportunities for students to supplement their academic experiences, for example: participate in Women’s History Month events, Take Back the Night, a state-wide conference of the University System of Maryland Women’s Forum, and volunteer at local non-profit organizations.

Students may also become members of several student organizations such as Women In Never-ending Kinnections (WINK), Campus Against Violence (CAV), Women in Leadership (WIL), and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Alliance (LGBTQ Alliance).

Group of Gender Studies Women

In the News

Gender and Sexuality Studies has a vital role to play as our society attempts to grapple with changing gender roles and changing attitudes toward sexuality. In politics, the media, education, and our communities, students trained in gender and sexuality have fertile ground in which to make a difference.

Career Opportunities

The Gender and Sexuality Studies degree provides students with the skills and knowledge to be successful employees in a wide array of fields (government and policy, research, non-profit organizations, education, etc.). Among the skills and knowledge acquired by GSST majors, many are identified by employers as critical in new hires - excellence in written and oral communication skills, team work, intercultural competence, social justice and problem solving as qualities that they are looking for in hiring*.

*Source: “What is a Liberal Education?” brochure of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, LEAP initiative
Gender Studies Women Discussing
  • Human Resources (Administrator, Manager, Trainer, Legal)
  • Advocate (Clinic, Victims’ Rights, Nonprofit)
  • Health (Physician, Nurse, Psychologist, Therapist)
  • Government (Law Enforcement, Social Work, Attorney)
  • Education (Librarian, Teacher, Consultant)
  • Arts (Visual, Dance, Music, Media)

Core Faculty

Dr. Kara French, Program Coordinator, History Department, 332 Holloway Hall, 410-548-3538, kmfrench@salisbury.edu

Dr. Diane Illig, Sociology Department Chair, 262 Fulton Hall, 410-677-5077, dsillig@salisbury.edu

Dr. Chrys Egan, Communication Arts Department, 265 Fulton Hall, 410-677-5436, cnegan@salisbury.edu

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