About Us

The Program in Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies is dedicated to exploring gender identities, relations, practices, theories and institutions. The women and men who enroll in our classes each semester gain the opportunity to understand how social, historical, and psychological forces, organized by the central concept of gender, shape them as individuals; attain a fuller understanding of human behavior, culture, and society; acquaint themselves with the experiences of those of different economic classes, sexual orientations, and cultural and racial backgrounds; and transfer the critical and analytical skills they acquire in the study of gender and society to other classes, beyond the campus to other activities, and eventually to their professional careers.

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Student Voices

"Taking classes in the (Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies) department and studying a long history of institutionalized racism and sexism around the world, I’ve learned how these structures manifest as barriers to healthcare and education. GSF taught me how to think."
- Saumya Sao, 2020 GSF Graduate

Featured Courses

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GSF 221

Analysis of gender, class and race in contemporary business organizations and roles of men and women within them. Management systems, information technology and human resource systems, as artifacts… read more about Women at Work: Gendered Experience of Corporate Life »

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GSF 278

Debates about sexuality, sex, and gender hinge on radically different ideas about relative effects of biological forces vs. social forces, or nature vs. nurture. Course changes terms of arguments… read more about Sex/Gender - Nature/Nurture: Intersections of Biology and Society »

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GSF 364S

Gender's relationship to race and sexuality explored through a variety of issues, including health, intimacy, family, the state, economic practices, transnational communities and identities, and… read more about Race, Gender, and Sexuality »

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East Duke Parlors

The elegant and comfortable East Duke Parlors have been the site for countless GSF events, as well as many other Duke University lectures and meetings. With their Victorian beauty and splendor, the Pink and Blue parlors can provide your event with a memorable setting.

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