• Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass

    We are committed to interdisciplinary and intersectional analysis in which the study of women and gender is multi-faceted, diverse, and embedded in a network of power relations including race, class, sexuality, and nation.

  • History of the Department

    Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst is one of the oldest departments of its kind. Our department laid its roots in 1974 and has flourished in the decades since. We're proud of our history, and while many transformations can be seen, our values remain the same.

  • Paths of Study

    Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst offers a robust interdisciplinary set of options including an undergraduate major, an undergraduate minor, and a graduate certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies. Our classes are primarily small, and we pride ourselves on excellent teaching and innovative pedagogy. Each undergraduate major works one-on-one with a faculty advisor.


WGSS Seeking Full-time Lecturer

April 21, 2017

WGSS is seeking a full-time lecturer for a one year position beginning September 1, 2017 to teach undergraduate courses. Areas of specialization might include interdisciplinary work in Black...

Check out our summer 2017 classes!

April 11, 2017

We're offering 3 summer classes!  Kirsten Leng will be teaching WGSS 205, Feminist Health Politics (fulfills the sexuality studies requirement for WGSS majors and minors) in Session 2, and we're...

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Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies

The field views and analyzes intellectual problems and issues of current concern through the perspectives of gender, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, and ability. Students think about challenges faced by marginalized (or not) individuals in both domestic and foreign spaces, and work to conceptualize solutions that can be applied in communities around the world. 

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