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BA Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies

Students in the Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies major at Portland State University experience a unique blend of theory, critical analysis, interdisciplinary coursework, and relevant real-world experience.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $29,706 per year
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

This program provides a complete and nuanced education in Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies. This gives the opportunity to study different academic areas alongside one another. The major provides students with a holistic view of the discipline. It encourages students to integrate courses from other departments into the major electives.


The Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies major at Portland State University provides a blend of coursework, community involvement, and close connections with faculty. This means students graduate ready to fill a wide variety of roles. Our alumni have gone on to careers in:

  • Community Activism and Government: Our students land jobs with organizations like Multnomah County, Portland Public Schools, and regional public health organizations.
  • Youth Programs: Graduates of our program work for nonprofit organizations that work with LGBTQ+ youth and other marginalized young people.
  • Social Justice and Law: Sexuality, gender and queers studies major get jobs doing research or the law. They work to support the rights and liberties of LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities.
  • Social Work: Our graduates sometimes pursue careers at organizations that provide resources and support to at-risk populations.

Courses Included

  • Gender and Sexualities
  • Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in the US
  • Histories of Sexualities
  • Queer of Color Theorizing and Perspectives
  • Topics in Transnational Sexuality Studies
  • Feminist Theory & Methodology
  • Senior Seminar
  • Practicum
  • Experiential Learning Seminar