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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.

Flyer for Elizabeth Armstrong lecture

“Sex, Alcohol, and Violence: How Status Competition Creates Risk” Elizabeth Armstrong

When: April 21, 2016, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Where: Ford Alumni Center, Giustina Ballroom, 1720 E. 13th Ave, Eugene (on UO campus)

Professor Elizabeth Armstrong (University of Michigan) will give a public lecture, “Sex, Alcohol, and Violence: How Status  Competition Creates Risk,” as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Elizabeth Armstrong is coauthor of Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2013). Her research interests are in the areas of sexuality, gender, culture, organizations, social movements, and higher education.

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Poster for Bechdel Test Burlesque

Bechdel Test Burlesque

Date: Friday April 29th 2016 Times: Doors 7:30 PM.  Show 8 PM. Cost: Free to UO students, faculty, staff, and community on a first come basis Place: Global Scholars Hall Great Room (GSH 123) Other info: Ages 17+ Contains some nudity

REDHEADS OF THE GEEKPOCALPYSE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES DEPARTMENT PRESENT BECHDEL TEST BURLESQUENaked. Nerdy. Feminist. This is Bechdel Test Burlesque, the super-powered byproduct of the intersection of feminism and pop culture! Five of the Northwest’s top burlesque producers have joined forces to build a more feminist world ...

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!