Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies


Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

The Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program focused on the diversity of women’s lives and work in cultural and historical perspective, and which introduces feminist methodologies and explores the use of gender as a tool for analyzing experience. The program is comprised of a common core course and approved courses offered by several departments.

The Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies minor works with your major to strengthen your overall program of study. The interdisciplinary 15-credit program consists of one required course and four additional approved Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies courses.

Featured Students

Jade LaSalle ‘24

Major: Public Health
Minor: Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Meredith, NH

My name is Jade LaSalle, and I am from Meredith, NH. I am a Public Health major with a Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies minor, graduating in 2024. My life has been impacted by Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies because it was able to connect me to great people who want to learn so we can positively make a difference in the community. Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies is important because it informs and educates students, as well as starts crucial conversations in class about women, gender, and sexuality related topics. I am excited to be a part of such a great group with such significant goals that can change the world for the better.

Recent Graduates

Sally Cedarberg ’21

Major: Social Work
Minors: Peace and Social Justice Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Charlton, MA

I am president of the University Honors Program and love anything that involves leadership, fitness, and reading. The WGSS department has impacted my life because it is where I found some of the most powerful and uplifting women. Aside from genuinely enjoying the content of the courses, I was able to create relationships with a variety of my classmates that stretch far outside the classroom walls. WGSS is important to understanding gender equity and the importance of giving individuals of all genders fair and equal opportunities. Once we familiarize ourselves with the foundations of WGSS, we can work on breaking the glass ceiling.

Petra Perrault ’21

Major: Elementary Education
Minors: Creative Writing and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Salem, NH

I am president of SAVE All (Sexual Assault and Violence Education Alliance) and the secretary of Stamping out Stigma, a mental health and suicide prevention club at PSU! WGSS is important because everyone deserves to have their voice heard. Too often we see groups oppressed for being different. For example, the suicide rate for LGBTQ+ youth is 1.5-3 times higher than heterosexual youth, and no child should have to feel that kind of pain and or lack of acceptance at such a young age. As a future educator, I will create a safe and supportive space for all of my students. If we all made a conscious effort to treat people with kindness, we could change the world.