• 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...

Registration starts Monday! Course guide is ready!

March 31, 2017

The WGSS Course Guide for Fall 2017 is ready in book form online.  Stop by outside of W401 South College for a paper copy and contact Karen Lederer if you need advising.  

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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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