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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 Spring Classes – Schedule Up!

Class names

WGS 101 – Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies – NO PREREQS! WGS 199 – Heroes, Monsters, & Queens: Dressing Up as Critical Play – NO PREREQS! WGS 315 – History/Development of Feminist Theory WGS 331 – The Body WGS 352 – Gender, Literature & Culture WGS 407/507 – Asian American Sexual Representations WGS 422/522 – Queer Ethnic Literature

See below for full descriptions. Registration is open now!

WGS Class Schedule

Class Descriptions

WGS 199: Heroes, Monsters, & Queens: Dressing Up as Critical Play

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What can you do with a degree in WGS?

We love to keep abreast of what our grads are doing in their lives and careers. If you’ve landed a sweet job, tell us about it with our alumni update form! We are working on compiling a list of careers our grads are pursuing for informational purposes for current and future students.

Rebecca Sprinson (Women’s and Gender Studies, ’09) is current featured on the CAS website for her work as the executive director of the Eugene Education Foundation. Check out her story here.