WGSS was built out of the dual goals of examining inequalities resulting from gender, race, sexual orientation and class using an interdisciplinary lens, and translating this research into meaningful, tangible knowledge that contributes to the betterment of communities. Our interdisciplinary faculty members are engaged in research that examines many of the cutting edge issues vexing contemporary times both domestically and globally, such as discrimination, violence, human trafficking, health and inequality, and migration to name a few. The common thread throughout these different areas of research is the focus on investigating the factors that create and contribute to vulnerability across time and geography.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is one aspect of feminism, one where academic discussion and learning go on. WGSS students learn about the ways in which women's roles in society have been constructed and the ways in which these roles have changed and continue to change. Students learn about the work of women in such diverse fields as science, literature, the fine arts, philosophy, social welfare and politics, as well as learning about scholarship written by women and about women. WGSS courses will make you informed about, and sensitive to women's issues of education, lifestyle, social roles and status, sexuality, legal status and equity. You will face these issues at work; WGSS courses will help you to deal with them in an informed, responsible, and just manner.

What will women’s studies give me?

  • Awareness of the issues facing women -- and the world -- today.
  • Knowledge of many different academic fields.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong writing and researching abilities.
  • A solid base on which to enter the workforce, pursue further education and have an impact in the world.
  • Graduates of WGSS go on to do many different things, and the possibilities are endless.

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