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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.

  • 2017 End of Year Celebration



    A group picture from our End of Year Celebration in May 2017! More pictures of past celebrations and other photo albums can be seen on our Photo Gallery!

News

WGSS is searching!

September 26, 2017

The Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst announces a search for a tenure-track assistant professor of African-American Studies and/or the...

New Faculty member Elizabeth Williams!

August 04, 2017

Join us in welcoming Elizabeth Williams to UMass!  Elizabeth will be teaching two new courses this fall, along with a core course, WGSS 201.  Stay tuned to the people page and check out her courses!

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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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