The Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies program is designed to explore how diverse people’s experiences and identities are shaped by, and shape, the intersectionalities of gender, race, class, nationality and sexuality. The program challenges students to undertake critical inquiries that are historically and geographically contextualized, with an eye to the contemporary moment and an emphasis on the generative debates within the field. By linking academic work and activism, theoretical inquiry and practical experience, our students are prepared as nuanced analytical thinkers, inventive problem solvers and strong communicators.
Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies graduates enter a wide range of career fields, including advocacy, education and law. Nearly half of Earlham alumni enter graduate or professional school within 10 years of receiving their degrees, and Earlham ranks 29th among 1306 colleges and universities nationwide for the percentage of graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D.