Sexuality Studies Concentration
Sexuality Studies provides a foundation for understanding how humans form relationships, experience pleasure and the erotic, express the aesthetics of desire, love, and passion, and interact with the sexual resources of their environment.
Scholars, activists, and artists in this field consider the conditions that have shaped our understanding of sexuality, gender, power, oppression, values, and liberation.
It is an interdisciplinary field ranging from gender studies to biology, ethnic studies to public policy, and theology to economics.
Importantly, our Concentration is specifically designed to counter the overwhelming whiteness and Eurocentricity of the sexuality studies field. We welcome students of all backgrounds who yearn to pursue critical studies in sex and sexuality in a pluralistic and socially just, learning community. We’re committed to developing the cultural competence of our students, graduates, and faculty across multiple areas of difference.
Over the course of four semesters, students in the Sexuality Studies Concentration complete:
- A statement of focus describing their chosen area within sexuality studies
- A sexual attitude reassessment (SAR) to become more aware of their sexological worldview
- A sexual philosophy project that reflects their area of focus, scholarly and professional influences, and development as Sexuality Studies students
Students also attend workshops, guest presentations, screenings, and other community events at each residency.
Upon successful completion of the Concentration requirements, students will be able to:
- Describe their sexual worldview/philosophy
- Discuss their values, attitudes, and beliefs about a wide range of sexual cultures, expression, and behaviors
- Discuss sexuality using an intersectional, social justice, and ecological lens
Our Sexuality Studies Concentration, housed within the Undergraduate Studies Program, provides a unique opportunity to further integrate studies into an Individualized Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Arts in Health Arts & Sciences, a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Socially Engaged Art.
The Undergraduate Studies Faculty is deeply committed to enacting the College’s mission and educational values in its engagement with students. Faculty members work one-on-one with students as faculty advisors throughout the semester, as well as facilitating group studies, teaching workshops at residency, and acting as second readers to students’ final projects. Our faculty is comprised of national and international scholar practitioners with extensive experience supporting students taking charge of their learning. Faculty members’ work with students is focused, clear, and rigorous.
The faculty working in the Sexuality Studies Concentration are Dr. H. “Herukhuti” Sharif Williams and Dr. Zelaika Hepworth Clarke.
At the start of the semester, students attend an intensive eight-day residency in Vermont, followed by 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor. Goddard pioneered this format nearly a half century ago to meet the needs of adult students with professional, family, and other obligations seeking learning experiences grounded in the real-world.
Residencies are a time to explore, network, learn, witness, and share with peers, staff, and faculty. Students work with advisors and peers in close-knit advising groups to forge individualized study plans that describe their learning objectives for the semester.
Working closely with their faculty advisors, and supported by fellow learners, students identify areas of study, personal goals, relevant resources, and avenues to achieve these goals. Students also attend and are invited to help organize workshops, keynote addresses, celebrations and other events intended to stimulate, inspire, and challenge.
This low-residency model combines the breadth of a collaborative community with the focus of personalized learning, enhanced by insightful exchanges with a faculty advisor.