Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Education That Matters: 
Make A Difference with WGSS!

The mission of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Department is to empower students to think critically about gender and sexuality, challenge social inequality, and become ethical problem-solvers, preparing them for careers, engaged citizenship, and advanced degrees.  We advance knowledge and critical conversations about social justice through teaching, research, community engagement, and service.  We provide students with opportunities to develop research and communication skills and creatively use the knowledge and practices of our discipline.

The WGSS program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that enables students to: examine the meaning of gender as a socially constructed category; explore the roles of institutional structures on all gender identities in national and international contexts; and critique the way society and knowledge, itself, has been organized. The program not only allows students to study the diversity of human experience by uncovering hidden histories but helps students understand themselves, their place in the world, and how social transformation is possible. Students have the opportunity to connect feminist theory with community needs through internships, involvement with the Women’s Studies Student Association, and other campus and community leadership opportunities.

Mary Franitza

Student, CLS Excellence Award 2018 winner