This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2021-2022 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
Kathleen Ingram, Ph.D.
Associate professor and chair
Elizabeth Canfield, Ph.D.
Associate professor, associate chair and graduate program director
The Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies is committed to social transformation. Representing a wide range of disciplines, faculty in the department produce and disseminate interdisciplinary feminist knowledge and theories, and view them as vitally connected to community engagement and activism. The department encourages students to understand gender and sexuality as inextricably bound to other forms of difference and to examine how the construction of difference produces and reinforces social, cultural, economic and political inequities.
Students in the department are introduced to new analytical, theoretical and creative frameworks to enable them to understand, critique and transform themselves and the world around them. Through teaching, activism, scholarly and creative production and community engagement, the department provides analytical and critical tools to equip students for careers in a broad range of ﬁelds.
The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, as well as the option to complete the B.A. with a concentration in health, society and social justice. In addition, the department offers a minor in gender, sexuality and women’s studies and serves as the administrative home for the interdisciplinary minor in LGBT+ and queer studies. At the graduate level, the department offers a post-baccalaureate graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.