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Women, Gender & Sexuality Program and LGBTQ+ Studies

Women, Gender & Sexuality is an interdisciplinary program in which students study gender and sexualities with an emphasis on transnational perspectives.

By examining social issues, literary, scientific, and historical materials, students develop a critical, socially engaged sense of how gender and/or sexualities shape and are shaped by the world around them. Topics range from women’s political participation to body politics to lesbian/gay parenting and transgender concerns. Courses currently being offered focus on LGBTQ+ Studies, women’s media, literature, and art, women in sports, queer theory, and gender politics.

The program offers a WGS Major, WGS Distinguished Major, and a WGS Minor as well as research opportunities and education abroad.


WGS’s core faculty represent a range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. They have conducted research on women, gender, and sexualities in many areas of the world, including India, Iran, South Africa, and the United States, and they bring that expertise with them into the classroom. Aside from regular classroom and advising activities, faculty members meet with majors and minors at lectures in the program’s colloquium series and at other sponsored events.