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  • 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.

Ann Ferguson Women & Gender Studies Scholarship Application period is underway!

February 23, 2017

Applications for the Ann Ferguson Women & Gender Studies Scholarship are being accepted until 3/31/17 at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.  There is one common application that...

Banu Subramaniam wins 2016 Ludwig Fleck Prize

October 24, 2016

Banu Subramaniam has been awarded the 2016 Ludwik Fleck Prize for the book “Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity” (2014 University of Illinois Press). Th...

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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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