Why Study Gender and Sexuality Studies?

    Where do the norms of gender identity come from? How are rules about sexual orientation created? If you’ve ever questioned socially situated categories, then you know that gender and sexuality matter. In fact, they are right at the center of important debates about our identities, our bodies, and our place in society. Gender and Sexuality Studies is an enriching complement to whichever field of study you decide to major in.

    Why Study Gender and Sexuality Studies at MMC?

    In New York City, you will have unparalleled access to experiential learning opportunities. Snag a spot in the United Nations Women Internship Program or conduct research at the Guttmacher Institute, one of the country’s leading reproductive health policy organizations. At MMC, you can serve as an officer in the College’s Gender and Sexuality Club or lead the greater MMC community at the NYC Pride March. Historic LGBTQ+ locations, like the Stonewall Inn, or off-the-beaten path gatherings like Bushwig, situate the minor in radical place and politics. There is no better place to engage in Gender and Sexuality Studies than in New York City, the beating heart of the field.

    What You Will Learn

    After completing the Gender and Sexuality Studies minor, students will be able to:

    • Analyze sexual and gendered phenomena
    • Recognize systems of sexuality and gender
    • Appraise and identify the social construction of gender and sexuality
    • Identify and assess sexuality and gender at the intersection or race, age, ability and class
    • Delineate between interpersonal and societal phenomena


    Program Highlights

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    The Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSS) minor is a multidisciplinary program that empowers students to be socially responsible global citizens by understanding gender roles and sexual identities across cultures and history. Utilizing feminist, constructivist, and queer approaches, the GSS minor allows students to explore the impact of social, cultural, political and economic phenomena on the production and maintenance of sexuality and gender.
    You will be supported by a team of three full-time faculty members who will help you construct your programs, guide your progress, and advise on capstone projects.
    You will chart out fascinating new territory that combines wide-ranging knowledge, a variety of disciplinary methods, and contemporary practical skills. Recent majors have devised programs that focus on accessible theater, Black bodies and dance, the arts and global consciousness, conservation in the Pacific, and historical costume design.



    Careers and Outcomes

    job titles

    • Social Worker
    • Teacher
    • Therapist/Psychologist
    • Nonprofit Executive
    • Human Rights Activist
    • Community Organizer
    • Communications Professional


    • Gays and Lesbians Living In a Transgender Society
    • Green Chimneys

    Griffins are Proud

    Each June, MMC students participate in the New York City Pride March to celebrate the LGBTQ community.

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