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The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality 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, and Sexuality 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, and Sexuality 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.

The Beekeeper: Performing Southern Black Women Who Love Women

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Knight Library Browsing Room

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson’s lecture/performance is based on oral histories of black southern women who desire women. Dr. Johnson will discuss some of the methodological challenges of being a man conducting research on women as well as cover some of the topics that he found to be common among many of the women he interviewed. In addition, Dr. Johnson will perform excerpts from some of the oral histories.

Dr. Johnson is the chair of African American Studies, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies


Now accepting applications for WGSS awards!

We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the Bruce M Abrams LGBTQ Essay Award, the Miller Family Scholarship, and the Abbie Jane Bakony Scholarship. Deadline: May 1st, 4pm.

Click on the Scholarships tab for more details.