Malala Yousafazi
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Emma Watson
Daniel Radcliffe
Audre Lorde
Kofi Annan

Welcome to Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) are the interdisciplinary studies of the human experience that places women and gender at the center of scholarly inquiry. The WGS program emphasizes the intellectual, artistic, political, social, economic, and spiritual contributions of women, which traditional scholarship long overlooked or denigrated. WGS uses the lens of gender to extend this analysis to a broader range of issues, including the social and cultural meanings of masculinity, femininity, and identity construction.

WGS also explores the way that race, class, nationality, religion, sexuality, and other social categories influence gender roles.

What you will learn in Women's and Gender Studies

  • Women’s contributions to history, culture, and politics
  • The difference between sex and gender
  • The social construction of gender
  • The variations in women’s and men’s experiences across nations, cultures, religions, social classes, and race
  • Gendered constructions of knowledge and social institutions