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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

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New classes–sci fi, pop culture, Islam, explicit sex & politics and more!

The WGS department is growing and we are adding new classes as part of this growth. Check them out below!

Class names

WGS 199 – Gender and Pop Culture – NO PREREQS! WGS 331 – Sci/Technol & Gender – The Fembot, Women, and the Construction of Difference in Film and Media WGS 399 – Gender and Muslim Modernity – NO PREREQS! WGS 410/510 – Feminist Science Fiction – NO PREREQS! QST/ WGS 422/522 – Advanced Queer Theory & Cultural Studies QST/ WGS 422/522 – Explicit Sex and Politics

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Upcoming Events

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Studying Sex in China

Please join us Monday, October 5th and Tuesday, October 6th for our first event of the year! Studying Sex in China comprises a seminar (Modernity and Sex in China, on Monday) and a panel discussion (The Current State of Gender Studies in the People’s Republic of China, on Tuesday). This event is hosted by the University of Oregon Confucius Institute and is co-sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies.

When: October 5th, 2015, Monday, 4:00 pm and October 6th, 2015, Tuesday at 4:00 pm Where: Knight Library Browsing Room Cost: Free!

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Department News

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Welcome Dr. Edmond Chang and Dr. Margaret Rhee

Dear WGS faculty, students, staff, and supporters,

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Edmond Chang and Dr. Margaret Rhee to the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. Both are Visiting Assistant Professors of Women’s and Gender Studies and will be teaching new courses in the department this year, including:

WGS 199: Gender and Pop Culture (“Welcome to the Whedonverse”) WGS 331: Science/Technology and Gender (“The Fembot, Women and Construction of Difference in Film and Media”) WGS 422: Explicit Sex and Politics WGS 422: Advanced Queer Theory WGS 422: