One of the oldest programs of its kind, women, gender, sexuality studies (WGSS) examines our society through the lens of gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, and ability and challenges students to interrogate systems of power through discussion and integrative analysis. Our teaching and activism develop new theoretical approaches and engage and transform the analytical tools of many fields of study. We encourage critical thinking across disciplines, including art, history, politics, family life, science, literature, and other cultural domains.

At WGSS, we pride ourselves on inspiring and innovative teaching. Most of our classes are small and each student works one-on-one with a faculty advisor. Our faculty conduct research and teach on diverse areas, including body politics, social justice feminism, transgender studies, Black feminist thought, South Asian studies, and postcolonial feminism.

The WGSS major can aid students in a broad array of careers, wherever critical thinking, communication, research, and analytical skills are required, including political action, law, human services, government, business, education, writing, journalism, and health.