Petition for a Gender and Queer Studies Major at The University of Puget Sound

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The students of The University of Puget Sound would like to petition for the addition of a Gender and Queer Studies Major. Currently, Gender and Queer Studies is offered only as a minor, despite our standing as the nation's first women's studies program in the United States. The addition of a Gender and Queer Studies major would allow students:

1. To understand, apply, and critique key concepts and theoretical positions in feminist, gender and queer studies.

2. To use and interrogate gender and sexuality as categories of analysis at various levels, such as individual, interactional, institutional, and global and in specific historical, cultural, and disciplinary contexts.

3. To reconsider and denaturalize identities and experiences as embedded in, and produced by, interlocking systems of power and inequalities.

4. To integrate feminist, gender, and queer analysis into educational and activist practices in students’ research, writing, and classroom interactions, and in public scholarship, activism, and everyday life.  

**If you are a current UPS student or alum, please list your major/minor and year in the comment section. This will allow the school to see the internal support from the community. Also, if you are so inclined, please explain why you think a Gender and Queer Studies major would be important/beneficial to our campus. Thank you!



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