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.

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