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IUB is a Research-1 institution with some of the most highly ranked departments and programs in the U.S., and students benefit from extensive expertise across campus in the study of gender and sexuality. More than 120 faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington have research and/or teaching interests that are allied with Gender Studies, and teach courses that fulfill requirements in our program.

The campus offers an interdepartmental Ph.D. Minor in Human Sexuality; a history of gender and sexuality graduate concentration in the History Department; a feminist critical studies minor offered by the English Department; regular course offerings related to gender issues in the departments of Criminal Justice, Communication and Culture, Anthropology, and several other College units; a women and higher education focus in the School of Education; feminist jurisprudence and gender-related courses offered by the School of Law; and further relevant offerings in other campus schools.

With a graduate minor in place since 1980 featuring a collaborative minor with the Law School, and solid representation of graduate students in the minor from schools such as the School of Education and School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), cooperative relationships between faculty across the campus have long existed to foster exchange and mentoring of graduate students. Gender Studies actively collaborates with other units on the campus in joint initiatives, special events, and other activities that stand to enrich the experience of our graduate degree candidates.

Library collections at IUB on gender and sexuality are unparalleled. Currently, the Main Library holds more than 35,000 works related to "women or femininity" or "men or masculinity." In terms of holdings in the Library of Congress classes most pertinent to gender studies, IUB libraries feature one of the most complete collections related to gender in the world. Our holdings on sexuality are the largest in North America, exceeding even those at the Library of Congress. The remarkable library, photographic, and archival holdings of The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction - established in 1948 on the Bloomington campus - provides invaluable and unique resources for the research needs of our graduate students.

There are several other outstanding IUB resources for student learning and research. These include: the printed works and manuscript holdings of the Lilly Library; the remarkable collections relating to population, marriage and the family of the Population Institute for Research and Training; the Medical Sciences Library; and the diverse resources of the Costume Institute, the Folklore Institute, and the Fine Arts Museum and Library. The list of these materials changes every day, but is it worth mentioning that material now on the Web includes the Victorian Women Writers' Project (initiated here at IUB), which makes scarce and little-known materials available to scholars and students; the works of Jane Austen; and the Oxford English Dictionary.

Additionally, Indiana University Press sponsors several book series dedicated to women and gender studies, and serves as publisher for several national journals with themes addressing women, gender and/or sexuality in a range of interdisciplinary and disciplinary fields (e.g. Hypatia; differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Criticism; The Journal of Women's History; camera obscura: A Journal of Feminism and Film Theory; and NWSA Journal: A Publication of the National Women's Studies Association).