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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.

WGSS Commencement Ceremony 2019

The 2019 WGSS commencement ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 16th at 4:00 pm on the Education Lawn West, Parallel to Kincaid, between Alder House and Education.

Students must arrive at the staging area no later than 3:30 pm.  Students who RSVP’d were sent reminder emails during finals week so review those for full details.

Since the weather can be unpredictable in Oregon, we recommend both wearing sunscreen and bringing an umbrella to the event!

The event will include comments from the faculty, a special guest speaker and students will also be given the opportunity to say a few


WGSS Summer Classes

Don’t forget to register for WGSS summer classes!

May 6, 2019: Priority registration for Summer 2019. Check Registration Priority Schedule for your registration date/time.

Session 1 (6/24 – 7/21)

WGS 201 – Introduction to Queer Studies (CRN 42630) Schedule: WEB Instructor: Shoniqua Roach WGS 321 – Feminist Perspectives: Identity, Race, Culture (CRN 42278) Schedule: WEB Instructor: Lani Teves WGS 361 – Gender, Film and Media (CRN 42281) Schedule: WEB Instructor: Nicole Francisco

Session 2 (7/22 – 8/18)

WGS 221 – Bodies and Power (CRN 42446) Schedule: