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Department Highlights

Recent Undergraduate Courses:
  • Sex and Power
  • Gender and Popular Culture
  • Social Movements
  • Black Women in U.S. History
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Gender Across The World: Transnational Bodies
  • Gender Across The World: Masculinities
  • LGBTQ History in the U.S.
  • History of Sexuality
  • Doing Feminist Research
  • Gender, Power, and Violence
  • Gender and Disability
  • Gender Across The World: Global Gays In The Global Gaze
  • Black Women Leaders
  • Feminist Theory
  • Intro to Queer Theory
  • Gender and Film in Appalachia
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Music
  • Food, Culture, and Gender
  • Gender and Activism
  • Kate Black Award for Activism
  • Joan Callahan Award for Scholastic Achievement
  • Jan Oaks Feminist Creativity Award
  • GWS Honors (for graduating seniors)
  • Tomasky Student Leaders
  • Space, Place, and Southern Grace for Feminist Studies
Recent Senior Capstone Projects:
  • Challenges of the Legal System for Victims Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Let’s Talk About Reentry of Female Offenders: Oppression of Overlooked Population
  • Sexual Fluidity: The Label-less Label
  • Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby: Intergenerational and Gendered Comparisons
  • Sexual Violence in Rural Appalachia: Risk Factors, Cultural Atmosphere, and Evaluation of Resources
  • Intersection of Education and Class in Mexican Immigrant Families
  • Vote for the Bitch (on the parallels between sexism in high school debate and political debates)
  • A Study on the Role of Schools in the Experience of LGBTQ+ Youth
  • Yes, I Am Still Interested: Sexualities, Aging, and Women
  • African American Girlhood, Sexuality, and the Trope of the "Fast-Tailed Girl"
  • Billions of Lighthouses: A Feminist Analysis of Trauma, Death, and Dying in Narrative Driven Video Games
  • Women Serving as Foreign Ministers: A Preliminary Analysis
  • The Psyche of Stay at Home Parenting
  • Messages in Reality TV
  • Queerness Within Christian, Academic Institutions
  • The Relationship Between the Final Girl and Society's Gender Beliefs
  • All Dolled Up (With Nowhere to Go)
  • Reproductive Mistreatments Hit Home
  • The Cost of Girlhood in the Name of Gold
  • Queer Escape from Appalachia
  • Let's Talk About Sex Work
  • So, What's the Deal with Sorority Recruitment?
  • Sex Education:  A Queer Perspective
  • Exploring Queer Transgressive Play Through Role-Playing Games
  • Post-Feminism & Femcels: An Exploration of the Beliefs and Goals of Modern Social Media Femcels
  • Potentials for Resistance and Care in Drug War America: An Inquiry into Gender-Variant Drug Use Framed Through Stigmatization, Surveillance, and Space
  • SickTok: A Digital Ethnography of Microvideo as a Site of Disability Self-advocacy
  • Cyborgs, Dolls, and Passing Narratives