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Gender, sexuality, & women's studies collection

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The Penn program for Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies explores a wide variety of issues in science, history, culture and language. The program offers a major, a minor and a graduate certificate. It touches on nearly every academic discipline and most libraries on campus have relevant materials. Most relevant physical stock is in Van Pelt and concerns the social sciences.

Collection description

The focus of the collection is on how attitudes toward gender and sexuality have changed over time and space. There is however a bias toward purchasing materials with a current focus.

Special collections

There are no collections at Penn that a reader might think of as focusing on GSWS issues as such, though some are directly applicable. For example occupations historically thought of as falling under the sphere of women are covered in the Bates History of Nursing Archive and the Penn Culinary Collections.

Links to special collections will go here if they exist.
Links to policies will go here if they exist.

Doing research

The preponderance of GSWS faculty have social science affiliations and most research takes place in that axis.



Reference works

Major journals

Research guides