Gender & Sexuality Studies Gender & Sexuality Studies

Explore core topics within gender and sexuality studies in the context of Scandinavia and Europe, well-known for gender equality, queer activism, and liberal policies.



This program is right for you if you study gender studies, queer theory, women’s studies, anthropology, sociology, or human rights.


>> LGBTQ in Europe: Theories, Communities, and Spaces
This course explores the circumstances and consequences of the history of the LGBTQ movements in Scandinavia and Europe and the cultural, social, political, and activist aspects of LGBTQ life in modern Scandinavian societies. You look critically at the evolution and epistemology of queer theory and develop a vocabulary that deconstructs notions of normality in all its forms, but with a focus on gendered and sexual norms.


DIS has over 200 elective courses for you to build your curriculum from after choosing your required core course. You have to opportunity to focus on your major or diversify by selecting any combination of courses based on your needs. Click here for electives related to gender studies, human rights, and more.


Wonder what it is like to study Gender & Sexuality Studies in Copenhagen?  

Find out here on Kate's blog!


Denmark was the first country to make same-sex civil unions legal, so conversations on gender and sexuality are very different from those I hear in the U.S. Our study tour to Berlin fit perfectly into our class and conversations, as we learned about the history of Berlin’s LGBTQ community, talked to activists, and then compared Berlin to Copenhagen. With knowledge of the U.S., Denmark, and Berlin, I have added context and depth to my understanding of how different cultures understand gender and sexuality.

Peter Shapiro Dickinson College

Look Out for These Electives!

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, pictured above addressing DIS students, became Denmark’s first female Prime Minister in 2011 - but was not the first woman to hold the reins of power in Denmark. Scandinavian women have a reputation of being strong and independent. By enrolling in the elective course Women and Leadership you will examine the historical and sociological foundation for Scandinavia’s high representation of women in positions of power.

Scandinavian men are frequently stereotyped as effeminate metrosexuals who are not threatened in their masculinity when they clean, cook, and care for their children. The elective course Masculinities in Scandinavia explores masculinities in relation to sexuality, race, and social class.

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