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College of Arts and Sciences

Women's and Gender Studies

Students in the Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) program engage in critical discussion about issues of gender equity, racial equality and social justice. Students examine contemporary issues and gain real-world experience with community organizations under the guidance of caring, committed and knowledgeable faculty.

Students leave the program with practical experience for careers in healthcare, teaching, law, criminal justice, higher education, journalism, social work or business.

Undergraduate: B.A.

Offering courses on a wide variety of topics ranging from women’s health, to literature, to globalization, WGST uses gender and its intersections with race, class, and other important categories of identity and difference to understand the lives of women and men. WGST keeps women at the center, but it is not only about advancing the status of women. It is about understanding the world in ways that value gender equity, racial equality, and social justice. WGST students engage with real life issues and the classroom is a place that fosters engagement, ethical conversations, and diverse perspectives.

Certificate of Graduate Studies in Women’s and Gender Studies

Drawing from a multi-disciplinary curriculum and faculty (representing more than 50 departments and 11 schools and colleges), the WGST Graduate Certificate complements diverse areas of study and professional development. The certificate can be completed in conjunction with a master’s or doctoral degree program in another discipline. It is also available as a stand-alone post baccalaureate program for full-time students and for working professionals. This valuable credential is widely recognized by hiring committees in academic and non-academic professions.


Program Director
Ed Madden

Undergraduate Director
Anna Sykes

Graduate Director
J. Daniel Jenkins

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