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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.

Upcoming Events

WGSS Latest News

WGSS Receives 1M Mellon Grant!

The Mellon Foundation awarded WGSS with a 1M grant that will boost Transgender Studies at KU.

Two WGSS PhD Alums have now published books!

Congrats to Corinne Schwarz and Jo Kipgen! In Policing Victimhood: Human Trafficking, Frontline Work, and the Carceral State, Schwarz examines critical issues in crime and society. Kippen contributes to an understudied area in Reproductive Politics in India: The Case of Sex-Selective Abortion.

'Masculine Pregnancies' Reveals Literary Relationship Between Artistic Creation and Procreation

LAWRENCE — Pregnancy has traditionally been seen as among the most “feminine” traits. A new book argues that not only is this perspective changing, but it’s also been a contested viewpoint in literature for more than a century. “There are a lot of people who tend to think about pregnancy as being…

Cease Fire Statement

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…

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 KU 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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In WGSS we put teaching at the heart of our mission. Giving to WGSS ensures that we can support our students, faculty, and visiting scholars when and how they need it most.