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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.

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What’s New in Video Game Studies? A Conversation with Dr. Edmond Y. Chang

When: 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Where: Straub 251, University of Oregon

Constance Steinkuehler argues in “Why Game (Culture) Studies Now?” that “games are a productive context for research not only in terms of what they reveal about cognition (i.e., problem solving and its meaning) and the characteristics and features of successful and sustainable online communities but also in terms of what they can tell us (as both culture and cultural artifact) about life in a world that is increasingly globalized and networked.” In this conversation, I hope to


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WGS mourns the loss of Sandra Morgen

An announcement can be found on the CSWS website. Sandra Morgen spoke at the WGS commencement ceremony in 2014 and has been a long-time ally of WGS. Our condolences go out to her friends and family.

Sandra Lynn Morgen 1950-2016 “Let me live lovingly, generously, courageously…”