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Founded in 1972, the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies fosters the interdisciplinary study of women, gender, and sexuality through a rich multicultural and internationally informed academic environment. Our department seeks to produce intellectually rigorous, analytical and creative work that embodies the perspective of gender in its local and global dimensions through teaching, research, and outreach activities.

The WGSS Department welcomes the Fall 2019 semester with 17 Ph.D. students, 64 WGSS Majors, 61 WGSS Minors, 7 Human Sexuality Majors, and 15 Human Sexuality Minors.


Dr. Janet Sharistanian

Dr. Janet Sharistanian, founding director of KU Women’s Studies, passed away on Wed., Feb. 6, 2019. More information »

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