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At the University of Rochester, we have growing offerings for students interested in studying gender and sexuality.

If you have ideas about what you want to see in terms of academic offerings, please reach out to

The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (SBAI) houses the University's Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program (GSW). The institute sponsors student and faculty research, offers internship and independent research opportunities, undergraduate and graduate awards, fellowships, conferences, free public lecture series, and a physical meeting space for collaboration available to staff, students, and faculty.

SBAI offers undergraduate majors, minors, and clusters in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (GSW) in both the humanities and the social sciences, as well as a graduate certificate program.

Clusters include:

  • Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (S1WST006)
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (H1WST007)

Regularly offered* courses on LGBTQ+ topics include:

  • Sex and Power
  • Queer Theory
  • LGBTQ Experiences in US History
  • LGBTQ Issues in Education and Human Development
  • Politics of Nature: Gender, Race, and the Environment
  • Politcs of Sport: Race, Gender, and National Identity in Athletic Competition
  • History of Masculinity
  • History of Feminism
  • History of the Body
  • History of Sex
  • Feminism, Gender, and Health
  • International Human Rights
  • Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Language and Sexuality
  • Anthropological Approaches to Gender and Sexuality
  • Gender and Sexuality in the 20th Century
  • Sexuality in World Religion
  • Body Politics in Japanese Culture
  • Sex and Gender in the American City
  • Gender and Sexuality in American Cinema

*Regularly offered courses typically are scheduled once every year. A select few are only offered once every two years. We occasionally offer LGBTQ+-related courses over the summer. Queer and Feminist Approaches to Popular Music and Critically Queer are both examples of recent courses that were only offered once by visiting instructors. Please check on the Course Descriptions/Course Schedules for these types of one-time courses.

Other offerings

Internships and research
SBAI offers credit for student internships focused on LGBTQ+ topics (local sites have included: The Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley, Trillium Health, Planned Parenthood, and Willow among others) as well as experiential learning opportunities in fields related to Gender and Sexuality studies. Students interested in pursuing research on LGBTQ+ topics may complete independent studies for credit through SBAI.

SBAI offers an annual award on research in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies as well as an annual award for community work around Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.

Annual Rainbow Lecture
SBAI presents this annual lecture during LGBTQI Awareness Month to address LGBTQI issues from a scholarly perspective. For information on previous lecturers, or for information on the upcoming lecture, please visit

Out in Reel Film Series
This annual series features films and documentaries by and/or about LGBTQI+ individuals and experiences.

SBAI also offers:

  • A monthly undergraduate reading group in GSW
  • A graduate group for and by students interested in GSW
  • An annual undergraduate conference on GSW
  • As well as an annual graduate conference on GSW