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 in the College of Arts and Sciences. We also participate in the Independent Interdisciplinary Studies, as both a primary and secondary field.