A Gendered Slant on Liberal Education 

Gender is a powerful lens through which we interpret knowledge and understand our world and ourselves.

Women's and Gender Studies at Franklin & Marshall is informed by the intellectual excitement that has arisen from feminist critiques in virtually all academic disciplines. Male and female students alike benefit from incorporating the diverse perspectives of feminist theory and gender studies into their academic studies.

We recently developed several new courses in sexuality studies, including WGS 245, Constructing Sexualities. Although WGS is a minor, students may also concentrate on WGS in a Special Studies major or create a joint major with WGS and another department.

Unlike some other women's studies programs, which focus on the West or on the United States, the Women's and Gender 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.

WGS at F&M has also cultivated strong connections with the sciences. We have offered courses on women’s health, women’s healing systems and a public health class on pregnancy outcomes.

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.


Story 4/20/2015

Making New Discoveries at the Intersection of Art and...

A painter who displays her inspiration in abstract art, an F&M sophomore recently explored how the Jewish beliefs of three artists influenced their work. In the process, she found inspiration to...

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Story 4/7/2015

Take Back the Night: An End to Violence

Hundreds of members of the campus community will come together Thursday, April 9, to hear poets and activists Denice Frohman and Dominique Christina share their feelings on racial, sexual and gender-...

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Story 3/18/2015

Censoring Racial Ridicule: A Century of Fighting Hate Speech

Early 20th-century entertainment that depicted the Irish as childlike drunks, Jewish people as greedy manipulators, and African-Americans as violent sexual predators spurred these groups to challenge...

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