Affiliated Organizations

Gender & Sexuality Studies

gender and sexuality studies logoGender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern is a dynamic, interdisciplinary program that draws upon faculty and courses from more than twenty departments and across several schools. They are the home of an adjunct major and minor for Northwestern undergraduates, as well as a Certificate in Gender & Sexuality Studies for graduate students. Gender & Sexuality Studies faculty teach courses and pursue research in the history and theory of gender, in feminism, and in sexuality studies, including gay, lesbian, and queer studies. If you are interested in learning more about Gender and Sexuality Studies, please visit their website.

Recommended Courses: 

Undergraduate Courses

  • GNDR ST 324 U.S. Gay & Lesbian History
  • GNDR ST 351 Gender, Sexuality and Public Policy
  • GNDR ST 361 Queer Literature in the African Diaspora
  • GNDR ST 372 Performing Masculinities
  • GNDR ST 373 Advanced Seminar in Cinema and Sexuality

Graduate Courses

  • GNDR ST 490 Queer Theory
  • GNDR ST 490 Black Feminist & Queer Theory
  • GNDR ST 490 Sociology of Sexuality
  • GNDR ST 490 Early Modern Sexualities
  • COMM ST 525 Bodies of Transformation

Northwestern University Gay and Lesbian Alumni (NUGALA)

nugalaIn keeping with the common purpose of Northwestern University clubs, the mission of NUGALA is to:

  • Provide opportunities for students, alumni, parents and supporters to serve as advocates of Northwestern University;
  • Influence the role and direction of Northwestern University;
  • Encourage intellectual enrichment and professional growth of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer alumni through forums and presentations;
  • Organize social events to facilitate networking by students, alumni, parents and supporters; and
  • Elevate the stature of Northwestern University through NUGALA programming.

For more information about NUGALA, visit their website.

LGBTQA Campus Advisory Network (CAN)

LGBT logoThe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally Campus Advisory Network (formerly known as the LGBT Support Network) is an interoffice/department committee. Since its creation in early 2000, the CAN work is based on the following charge:

  • Identify and document the developmental and unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender and queer community members at Northwestern University.
  • Identify and document both the University and community resources currently available to meet the needs of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students, staff and faculty.
  • Identify areas of high need for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community members that are not being met by either the University or community resources.
  • Recommend specific short-term and long-term strategies to address areas of high need for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students, staff and faculty.