Gender and Sexuality
@ the Heart of 
Liberal Learning 

Established as a major in 2015, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies is informed by the intellectual excitement that has arisen from feminist critiques in virtually all academic disciplines. All students can benefit from incorporating the diverse perspectives of feminist theory into their academic studies. 

This major puts gender and sexuality at the center of critical inquiry, as aspects of identity, the body, social structures and cultural expressions. Recent courses on sexuality include: European SexualitiesContemporary Queer PoetryThe Body, and Constructing Sexualities.

WGSS offers a major and a minor; students may also create a joint major with WGSS and another department. 

Unlike some other women's studies programs, which focus on the West or on the United States, the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at F&M has a global focus. Our strengths include cross-cultural studies in Anthropology, comparative women's history in the History Department, classes in women and economic development in the Economics Department, and the transnational study of girls.

We provide exceptional opportunities to connect theory and practice. Our students have served on the Alice Drum Women’s Center Board and the annual Take Back the Night event. Our students have also presented their research at the annual Central Pennsylvania Consortium women’s studies conference, curated exhibits at the Phillips Art Museum and worked as Public Service Interns through the Ware Institute.

The Pulse

Story 7/25/2016

F&M Student Running Across Country to Battle Cancer

Franklin & Marshall students often tackle interesting projects during the summer – internships, academic research, study abroad and more. But one is part of a team running across the United States to...

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Story 6/13/2016

Alumni Profile: Brenda Segal '12

Brenda Segal '12 is development manager at Miriam’s Kitchen, a nonprofit that works to end chronic homelessness in Washington, D.C.  She says WGSS has informed every step of her career so far.

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Story 4/22/2016

College Awards Include Inaugural Altick Prize

Five graduating seniors, three underclassmen and one student organization were recipients of Franklin & Marshall's All College Awards April 21.

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September 15
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Common Hour "The Most Trusted Stranger in America: Frank...

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Frank Warren Innovative Creator of the PostSecret Project & Author  PostSecret creator, Frank...

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September 22
event 9/22/2016

Common Hour "Racial Ideology and Racist Practices: Moving...

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Sally Haslanger Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s & Gender Studies in the Department of...

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December 01
event 12/1/2016

Art & Aid: How Spoken Word, Instagram and Flash Mobs Helped...

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Katie Meyler Founder/CEO of More Than Me Katie Meyler was named a TIME Person of the Year in 201...

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