Gender & Sexuality Studies Gender & Sexuality Studies

This program introduces you to 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
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 190 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.


Our long study tour began with a Queer Berlin walking tour with Finn, an absolutely amazing Irish transman, taking us to Tiergarten, a memorial for gay victims of the Holocaust.

Later at a workshop hosted by a Danish queer activist who lives in Berlin, we were taken through a brief history of queer rights and learned 15 ways to resist oppression. We were encouraged to think of times when we had been oppressed. The group really opened up... it was a great bonding moment. This workshop taught me that ignorance is not an excuse; it’s the problem.

Abby Wang John Hopkins University

Elective Course Feature

How do norms and legislation related to gender, sexuality, and the body in liberal Scandinavia compare with U.S. perspectives? Considering enrolling in the elective course Gender and Sexuality in Scandinavia. You will go on field studies and meet with Danes with personal and professional experiences relating to the course topics, including a transgender speaker who shares the personal experiences of having a sex change.

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