Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor

Overview of the Interdisciplinary Minor

Over the past two decades, a distinct body of scholarship on gender and sexuality has developed in almost every academic field. This scholarship raises basic questions about women, men and society which transcend disciplines and challenge traditional ways of teaching and conducting research. The feminist framework informing gender and sexuality studies addresses the following issues with respect to gender:

  • It challenges the andocentric bias in thought, language and social and intellectual systems.
  • It re-thinks the central western dualisms: mind/body, subject/object, thinking/doing.
  • It involves a critique of all forms of oppression including class, race, sex, sexual-affectional preference, 1st world-3rd world, violence, militarism, ecological destruction, political inequality and hierarchies of power.

Hartwick’s minor allows students to explore these issues in the context of a major field of study.

Students wishing to major in Gender and Sexuality Studies should consider developing an Individual Student Program (ISP), through which they can design their own major.

Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.

Gender and Sexuality Studies Requirements & Courses

Review all the requirements and current courses in the College Catalog.


Karina Walker

Assistant Professor of Spanish & Co-coordinator of Women & Gender Studies

Michael Branch

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Co-coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies

Susan J. Navarette

Professor of English

Laurel Elder

Professor of Political Science and Department Chair

Douglas Zullo

Associate Professor of Art History

Matthew Chick

Assistant Professor of Political Science & Pre-Law Program Coordinator

Cheryl Johnson

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Barbara Kahl

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

Michelle Budwitz

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Elena Chernyak

Associate Professor of Sociology


Contact Dr. Karina Miccio Walker, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Spanish Program Coordinator, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program Co-Coordinator

Contact Dr. Michael Branch, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program Co-Coordinator