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What are power, privilege, and oppression? In what ways do these impact individuals and communities?  Where do they influence access and opportunity? And what can we do personally and professionally to ensure more equitable and inclusive homes, communities, and societies?

GWS invites you to investigate your own experiences and environments through a critical feminist lens to gain a stronger perspective on the importance of gender equity and social justice.

Gender, Women, and Sexualities studies is an excellent field of study for those interested in learning about how to become active in their own work toward social justice.  Through analytical and reflective course work, students gain valuable skills and knowledge that will help them in their everyday lives and careers.  Some of these skills include: written and oral communication, critical analysis, and problem solving.

Learn about Gender, Women and Sexualities Studies scholarships.

Program Options

As an MSU Denver Gender, Women and Sexualities Studies student, you can choose from the following programs:

B.A. in Gender, Women and Sexualities Studies

Minor in Gender Studies

Minor in Sexualities Studies

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

MSU Denver emphasizes academic and experiential learning. As a Gender, Women and Sexualities Studies major you can take advantage of the following:

Focus Area: Develop a focus area in Transnational and Cultural Diversity, Social Justice and Activism, or Bodies and Sexualities.  Gain knowledge about the histories and experiences of oppressed and underrepresented gender, sexual and racial/ethnic groups. Apply this knowledge to pursue careers within a wide variety of social justice and equity-based organizations. 

Experiential Opportunities: Complete a service-learning course, which involves 30 hours of volunteer work, and complete an internship or teaching assistantship—all of which will give you relevant career experience.

Student Services: Take advantage of the services offered by the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy, which houses the Gender, Women and Sexualities Studies Program. Services include wellness/lactation rooms, student advising and advocacy, scholarship support, a snack stop, and community space.

Feminist First Mondays: Get to know the diverse community of feminist scholars on campus through monthly forums that present research and creative work related to feminism, women and gender issues, critical race questions and social justice.

Bridge Speaker: Attend the annual Bridge Speaker series. The event serves as a bridge between Black History Month in February and Women's History in March.  GITA brings noted speakers to campus to discuss educational issues and shed light on the lives and contributions of African American women.

Triple F Film Series: Take part in monthly film screenings featuring work by and for people of color focusing on social justice and feminism.

Student activities: Develop leadership skills through involvement in the Iota Iota Iota Women's and Gender Honor Society and Feminist Alliance at MSU Denver.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

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MSU Denver Gender, Women and Sexualities Studies program graduates have pursued a range of careers such as:

  • Community organizer
  • Professor
  • Grant manager
  • Academic advisor
  • Business development representative
  • Volunteer advisor
  • Patient safety officer
  • Visitor services manager
  • Physician’s services coordinator
  • Freelance writer


Arlene Sgoutas

Professor Arlene Sgoutas is the co-editor of “Mothers Under Fire: Mothering in Conflict Areas”. Her research and teaching interests include feminist interventions in global politics, international women’s resistance movements and motherhood studies. She was the recipient of the MSU Denver President’s Distinguished Service Award for faculty in 2014.




Sandra Mizumoto Posey

Associate Professor Sandra Mizumoto Posey was trained as a folklorist at UCLA where she received her M.A and Ph.D., but she has pursued a career that is truly interdisciplinary. Here at MSU Denver, she's taught courses both for the major and five of our nine general studies categories plus the multicultural graduation requirement. Her publications have spanned ethnography, pedagogy, poetry and creative nonfiction. Her current writing focuses on memoir. 




Katherine Martinez

Associate Professor Katherine Martinez wrote their dissertation on bodies and embodiment, relating specifically to self-objectification for consensual bondage, discipline, dominance/submission, sadomasochism (BDSM) participants. Their more recent research focuses on sibling-to-sibling violence. Kat was a first-generation college student and as such seeks to support and advocate for first-generation students and their empowerment in academia.




Anahi Russo Garrido

Associate Professor Anahi Russo Garrido is currently investigating intimacy in Mexico City in the lives of three generations of women participating in queer spaces and is the co-editor of Building Feminist Movements and Organizations. Her research and teaching interests include transnational gender and sexualities, global women’s movements, LGBT and transgender studies and queer and feminist anthropology.




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Assistant Professor Stephanie Santos








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Assistant Professor Sonny Dhoot’s current research explores how the configurations of race, capital, gender, sexuality and normalcy shape the erotic lives of queers of colour. His current research and teaching interests include, queer/trans of color critique, decolonial/critical race feminisms, transnational and women of color feminisms, and queer erotics and sexuality studies. Sonny is also interested in anti-carceral community projects. 




Learn more about Gender, Women and Sexualities Studies faculty.

Alumni at Work

Graduates from MSU Denver’s Gender, Women and Sexualities Studies program have gone on to work at places such as:

  • American Water Works Association
  • Buck Family Foundation
  • Colorado Department of Education
  • MSU Denver
  • Northern Arizona University
  • PeaceJam Foundation
  • Pinterest
  • SCL Health
  • Sounds True
  • State of Colorado
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Women’s Bean Project

Gender, Women and Sexualities Studies alumni have been accepted for graduate study at the following schools:

  • Clark University
  • Colorado State University
  • Binghamton University
  • Regis University
  • Baker College
  • University of Denver

Sample Classes


The MSU Denver Gender, Women and Sexualities Studies program offers a diverse range of courses that examine the experience of people whose lives have been affected and informed by their diverse identities. Here are some courses you might take as a Gender, Women and Sexualities Studies student:

Beauty Cultures
Bodies and Embodiment
Gender and Global Politics
Gender, Social Justice and the Personal Narrative
Introduction to Transgender Studies
Multicultural Study of Sexualities and Genders
Queer Sexualities
Queer Theory
Social Justice, Self, and Citizenship
Theories of Love and Sex
Transnational Genders and Sexualities
Women of Color
Women’s Folklore
Women and the Law
Women in the Developing World

Facilities and Resources

MSU Denver’s Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy is located in Boulder Creek, just north of the Colfax lightrail station. The Institute serves as a feminist campus resource that provides programming and advocacy related to gender inclusion and social equity.

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