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  • Exploration across disciplines

    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 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.

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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. Check out the books our faculty are publishing! To see more faculty books, click here.

  • Summer 2020 classes!

    Check out the WGSS Session 2 online course offerings!  Click here!

    WGSS 295M - Making Monsters: Gender, Race and Monstrosity From Mary Shelley to the Walking Dead
    WGSS 292S - The Cultural Politics of Pandemics
    WGSS 187 - Gender, Sexuality and Culture (Gen. Ed. I, DU)


WGSS Solidarity Statement

June 07, 2020

Read the WGSS Solidarity statement here.  

Cameron Awkward-Rich in the Boston Globe!

March 30, 2020 Finding healing in poetry and drawing - The Boston Globe

Classrooms one day, correctional facilities the next – Amherst Wire

March 04, 2020

Read about Laura Ciolkowski!

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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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