Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is an evolving interdisciplinary field that 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. 

WGSS questions the status quo. We encourage critical thinking across disciplines, including art, history, politics, family life, science, literature, and other cultural domains. Our course frameworks include classes within the department and across the university and beyond, taking full advantage of the world-class thinkers and scholars across the UMass Amherst campus and throughout the Five College system.

WGSS majors have the rare opportunity to work closely with faculty. Classes are usually small and encourage discussion. Writing, research, and communication skills that are important in students' future careers are emphasized.  

What our students have to say about WGSS.

What can you do with a degree in WGSS?

Our graduates are doing great things. Here is a partial list of actual jobs our alums have reported to us over the years. Click on the topic that interests you. If you are an alum and have news about what/how you're doing, please email @email.