The Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program (GSWS) at Bowdoin seeks to shape social identity and lived experience at the individual, cultural, institutional, national, and global levels.

GSWS at Bowdoin encourages students to interrogate how gender expressions such as masculinity and femininity as well as social norms around sexuality, reproduction, and the family vary across cultures and historic periods.

The GSWS curriculum challenges the privileging of some categories of identity and experience over others, and explores the social and political implications of such hierarchies.

Upcoming Events

Ham House Study Nights
Thursdays when classes are in session
8:00-10:30 PM
Come together in Ham House to snack and study!
GSWS Book Club
Lively discussion and refreshments! We are pleased to provide free books to the first group of registrants. Open to the Bowdoin College community. FMI contact Prof. Keona Katrice Ervin or Prof. Jay Sosa.
Living a Feminist Life, by Sara Ahmed. Register
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
5:00-6:00 PM
Ham House
We Demand: the University and Student Protests, by Roderick Ferguson.  Register
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
5:00-6:00 PM
Ham House
GSWS Alumni Panel and Dinner
Monday, March 4
Details coming soon!
Interested in gender, sexuality, and women's studies at Bowdoin?

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