Sexuality, Women's & Gender Studies

SWAGS is a cross-disciplinary exploration of sexuality and gender and their intersections with race, class and nation. It is also an inquiry into the material, cultural and political lives of women.

We examine feminist and queer thought in a variety of global and historical contexts. Faculty specialize in literature, history, anthropology, film, and politics.

Five College Certificates

An illustration of a person with their arms in the air Five College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice

Students delve into the social, economic, legal and political conditions that influence reproduction through a variety of classes across the five colleges. Students graduating in May 2020 should submit documents to their RHRJ advisor by April 20.

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A rainbow flag backlit by the sun Five College Certificate in Queer, Trans, and Sexuality Studies

Students critically examine the relationship between sexual and gender identities, experiences, cultures and communities in a wide range of historical and political contexts through a variety of classes across the five colleges.

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Rose Olver

Prizes & Awards

The Rose Olver Prize is for the senior thesis that best analyzes the construction of gender. The David Kirp 1965 Stonewall Prize is for student work on some facet of LGBTQ+ experience.