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2021-2022 Catalog

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Program Chair

Professor Armstrong

Professor Averett (Acting Chair, Academic Year)

The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program advances knowledge and social justice through the interdisciplinary, intersectional study of women, gender and sexuality. Feminist, anti-racist, LGBTQ+ positive and transnational in scope, WGSS is committed to promoting social, economic, and environmental justice, and is directed towards using knowledge to create a world that is equitable and sustainable.

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies courses emphasize strong critical thinking skills and rigorously explore issues of power, privilege, oppression and (in)justice. WGSS delivers a strong theoretical and empirical background in feminist scholarship and encourages students to act on those knowledges. WGSS offers internships and Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) opportunities, actively fostering student connections to local and global communities.

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies requires students to conduct research and present findings in ways that reflect their ability to synthesize and critque multiple forms of knowledge. WGSS students learn to communicate effectively in writing and speech, acquire the capacity to work productively with others, and develop important life skills. The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program welcomes all students and offers a major degree, as well as a minor.


Women's and Gender Studies Courses