A dynamic interdisciplinary program, Gender Studies at USC offers its majors and minors a heady intellectual environment, a sense of community, and unparalleled personalized attention. Our curriculum analyzes how gender plays out in politics, intimate life, culture, the workplace, athletics, technology, health, science, and in the very production of knowledge itself. Our classes emphasize that gender is not a freestanding category, but rather one that takes shape through its intersection with other relations of power, including sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, and religion.
Our faculty, drawn from across the university, includes undisputed leaders in their fields of specialization, which include popular music, masculinity, sports, queer studies, reproductive rights, poverty, social movements, and new medical technologies.
There are substantial benefits to being a Gender Studies major or minor, including participation in our capstone course--the senior seminar. In this class students have the opportunity to intensively study a topic in which the professor is a specialist. We also offer a popular internship class, open only to majors, where students gain course credit for valuable gender-related work experience. This could involve an internship at a local women’s health clinic, the world’s largest international gay & lesbian archive, a Hollywood studio or an appropriate workplace of your choosing.
Majoring in Gender Studies prepares you for graduate school in the Social Sciences and the Humanities and for an advanced degree in a profession such as law or business. Graduates report working in a range of areas including communications and media, arts and education, business, politics and government, the law, health, and the non-profit sector.
Critical Thinking: identifying and assessing arguments, paying attention to underlying assumptions; identifying the essential elements of a concept, idea, or text; marshaling appropriate evidence to develop a persuasive argument
Feminist Theories and Methodologies: understanding a broad range of feminist theories, especially within their historical and cultural context; becoming conversant with a range of research methodologies, in both the Humanities and the Social Sciences
Intersectionality: analyzing gender as it intersects with other categories of difference, including sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, nation, and religion
Interdisciplinarity: building knowledge about gender from multiple fields of study; understanding feminist theoretical frameworks and methodologies in relationship to established disciplines
Globalization: understanding the ways that gender operates in different national and cultural contexts, and globalization’s impact on gender relations