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The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on the diverse experiences of women in both national and international contexts. The Department also examines the meaning of gender as a socially constructed category that shapes personal identities, beliefs, opportunities, and behaviors. The wide range of classes explores the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality; the institutional structures that have an impact on women’s and men’s lives; and the broad range of feminist theory that seeks to explain and influence women’s status in society. Among the areas of emphasis in Women’s & Gender Studies are gender and sexuality, queer studies, third world feminism, cultural representation and literature, women and labor, feminist theory, critical race feminism, immigration and citizenship, and social activism.

Core and affiliated faculty in the Department come from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives including history, literature, anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental studies, ethnic studies, philosophy, religious studies, architecture and fine arts, music, romance and Germanic languages, political science, public policy, and law.

The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies offers students:

  • Unique opportunities to participate in internships in the community and to pursue individual research projects;
  • Ability to engage in participatory learning and teaching experiences in feminist pedagogy seminars and as discussion facilitators for the introductory class; and
  • Close interaction with faculty, individualized guidance and advising, and courses that prepare them for employment and/or further education in graduate schools or professional schools of law, medicine, teaching, or social work.

Current Events

Flyer for WGS 410

Brand new class for Winter term: Gender, Race and Performance!

Hello students! We just rescheduled one of our brand new winter classes to a friendlier time than 8:30 am. It will now be at 10 am M/W and is taught by our new faculty member Lani Teves, who comes to us from Hawai’i and Michigan. The class focuses on different types of performance and how they impact gender, racial and sexual identities. Check out the attached flyer for more! Click here for the PDF version

Upcoming Events

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“Telling Tales: Sexuality’s Fiction”

“Telling Tales: Sexuality’s Fiction”

When: Tuesday, March 3rd, 4:00 pm Where: Browsing Room, Knight Library Who: Anjali Arondekar, University of California, Santa Cruz

Anjali Arondekar is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research engages the poetics and politics of sexuality, geopolitics and historiography. Her first book, For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India (Duke University Press, 2009), won the 2010 Alan Bray Memorial Book Award for best book in lesbian, gay, or queer studies in literature

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Department News

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WGS Fall 2014 Newsletter

Season’s greetings!

To keep news fresh and conserve paper, we have moved to a twice-annual e-newsletter (Fall and Spring)! Check out our Fall newsletter here.

You can also subscribe to receive it via email by clicking the button at the top. Inside: a list of the year’s upcoming classes, faculty news, events, congratulations to scholarship winners and more!

For those of you that like the paper newsletter, we will print a limited number of Spring copies to be distributed at graduation. They will also be available as usual in the main office. If you would like to request a paper

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