Gender studies at Marlboro approaches issues of gender and sexuality from variety of disciplinary perspectives, and brings together both theory and research methods to achieve that aim. The goals of this degree field include understanding gender as a social construction, examining gender in different historical periods, and analyzing social change, agency, and resistance. Gender studies makes connections, drawing on the materials and methods of disciplines across the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Students interested in focusing on gender studies are expected to demonstrate their breadth of knowledge through core courses including: a course in feminist or queer theory, a course in research methods or feminist methods, a course on history of gender and sexuality, and a course that demonstrates their knowledge of race, ethnicity, and intersectionality. For example, courses that would satisfy the latter goal range from Gender Trouble: Women Writers of Latin America & the Afro-Hispanic Diaspora to Gender and Sexuality in Francophone Film.