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.

Jamie Capetillo
Student, CLS Excellence Award 2017 winner

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Our programs include: 

  • our major in Women's Studies, designed to prepare you well either for graduate school or work in a range of fields, emphasizing collaborative leadership and problem-solving from the workplace and community level to international arenas
  • our minor in Women's Studies, emphasizing service-learning, internships, and involvement that puts learning into action
  • on-campus events for students, faculty, staff, and the La Crosse community
  • our student organization, College Feminists (previously called WSSA (wiss-ah))
  • the Self-Sufficiency Program that prepares low-income parents for college
  • WGSS is a partner of the American Association of University Women. Benefits for students are many: see here .
  • and this website, with links to a variety of resources for women faculty at UWL

In the tradition of Women's Studies and its sister disciplines, our courses approach problems and issues from interdisciplinary perspectives.  They enhance courses on women, gender, and sexuality issues crosslisted in the traditional disciplines, and provide students with numerous opportunities to integrate their learning across their baccalaureate degree.

Dept. of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 4300 Centennial Hall, 608.785.8357.  Or email Deb Hoskins