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Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers a major and minor in both WGSS and Human Sexuality Studies; an online bachelor's degree in WGSS; as well as a certificate in Gender, Law & Policy.

Graduate Programs

Our Graduate program supports interdisciplinary research on topics pertaining to women, gender, and sexuality and administers programs leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, and graduate certificate.

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Dear WGSS and larger KU Community,

To borrow the words of Ibram X. Kendi, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department faculty, “stand in solidarity with all Israelis and Palestinians who are grieving the loss of their loved ones, who are grieving the destruction of the homes and…

New Book Network Podcast explores new book by Akiko Takeyama

In a world dominated by the notion of autonomy, free choice, and consent, Akiko Takeyama takes us on a thought-provoking journey into the heart of Japan's adult video industry in her groundbreaking book, Involuntary Consent, The Illusion of Choice in Japan's Adult Video Industry.

New York Book Review Features Nick Syrett

The Trials of Madame Restell: Nineteenth-Century America’s Most Infamous Female Physician and the Campaign to Make Abortion a Crime by Nicholas L. Syrett Featured in the New York Review The midwife and abortionist Madame Restell is central to the story of how American women’s reproductive…

Two KU Doctoral Students Receive Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Award

LAWRENCE — Two doctoral candidates at the University of Kansas have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award, receiving a combined $92,000 to conduct research in South America. Pere DeRoy, a doctoral candidate in women, gender & sexuality studies…

Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Newsletter

Talk to the Chair

This anonymous survey is meant to offer a direct and anonymous line to the chair of the department to share concerns, ideas, or general feedback to improve your graduate experience, your connections to and with the department, and harness needed resources. This survey is meant to add another mode of communication, not replace any- as always, my door is always open to chat with you about whatever is on your mind. ~Katie

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