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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.

More new classes for winter!

Class names

WGS 101 – Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies – NO PREREQS! WGS 199 – Art, Activism and Pop Culture – NO PREREQS! WGS 321 – Feminist Perspectives: Identity, Race, Culture WGS 331 – Rethinking Gender and Technology WGS 351 – Intro to Global Feminisms – NO PREREQS! WGS/QST 361 – Gender and Video games – NO PREREQS! WGS 410/510 – Native Feminisms

See below for full descriptions. Registration opens next week, Monday, November 16th! Register early and secure your seat!

WGS Class Schedule

Class Descriptions

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Keywords for Video Game Studies: Violence

Please join us for the third in a series of lectures:

Keywords for Video Game Studies

Speaker series

Third lecture: Violence

Date: May 17, 2017 Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm Location: EMU 023, Lease Crutcher Lewis Room, University of Oregon

SPRING 2017: VIOLENCE

“Mixed Realism: Videogames and the Violence of Fiction” with Timothy Welsh

This presentation offers a fresh perspective on videogame violence by placing it in the context of the literary. It will demonstrate an innovative critical methodology, “mixed realism,” through a comparison of Rockstar’s brutal anti-Western Red

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WGS Commencement – Date, Time and Location Announced!

The date, time and place for the WGS Commencement Ceremony were just announced.

Date: Sunday, June 18th, 2017 Time: 4:00 PM Pacific Time Place: Science Green (Deschutes Courtyard)

We will be contacting students regarding Commencement in the next few weeks.  If you have any questions please contact the main office.