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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.

WGS Students to Present at All-Campus Undergraduate Research Symposium

Congratulations to WGS students Sophie Albanis, McKenna O’Dougherty and Daisy Ahlstone on their acceptance to the 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium!

The Symposium will take place Friday, May 20, 2016 in the Global Scholars Hall, with primary activities and presentations beginning at 3:15 pm. A brief schedule:

3:15 – 5:00 pm: Concurrent Session 1 oral presentations 5:15 – 5:30 pm: Remarks from Provost Scott Coltrane & Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies Lisa Freinkel 5:30 – 7:30 pm: Poster and creative work presentations 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Concurrent ...

Photo of Bryce Creek swimming hole. Credit Halvor Tweto

Summer schedule is live!

By popular demand, our summer class schedule is up, full of major-required classes to help you get your requirements done at a cheaper price. Plus, this summer we are offering WGS 361 ONLINE so you can get elective/upper division credit for studying gender, queer theory and more through the lens of Buffy the Vampire Slayer–without having to come to campus!

Happy summer everyone!

p.s. Curious about the featured image? It’s Brice Creek swimmin’ hole–a staple of Eugene summer.

Class names

WGS 101 – Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies – NO PREREQS!