Welcome to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is an interdisciplinary field of academic inquiry that critically examines the diverse realities of women's and men's lives and the ways in which gender, sexuality, and power differentials shape human lives and human societies. Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies pursues a fundamental critique of knowledge by challenging the basic assumptions, methods of inquiry, theoretical frameworks, and knowledge claims of traditional fields of inquiry that have thought it unimportant to study women, gender, or sexuality. Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies seeks to create new paradigms of knowledge and inquiry, to develop more truthful and comprehensive understandings of humans and our world, and to explore non-sexist alternatives for more richly human lives and more fully human social orders.
The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program has several major goals: to expand students' understanding of women's present status and rich history; to stimulate a critical examination of sex/gender and sexuality systems with regard to social institutions and individual lives; to develop in students an integrative analysis in which gender is multifaceted, diverse, and embedded in a matrix of power relations including (but not limited to) race, class, sexuality, and nationality. Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies draws on multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives including: history, literatures, cultural studies, the arts, the social sciences, and science. In the best tradition of a liberal arts education, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies encourages women and men to think critically and constructively, to redesign knowledge, and to gain a better understanding of themselves and their world. Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers an undergraduate minor, and undergraduate major, and a graduate certificate.
The Women's Studies program began in 1972 with the offering of a minor in 1978. As of 2008, WGSS offers a minor, a major and a graduate certificate. In 2012, the program name was changed to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies to more fully reflect the scholarship and interests of our faculty and students.
Want to learn what you can do with a Women's Studies degree? Read over the following brief articles by Ms. Magazine's Spring 2007 issue.