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 12/1/2016

Educating Impoverished Girls, Fighting Ebola Among...

For Katie Meyler, a 20-something volunteer doubting her ability to help impoverished girls in a war-ravaged African nation get schooling, the moment came as an epiphany.  “I got the best advice I...

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Story 10/6/2016

WGSS Sponsors Welcome-Back Potluck

WGSS students, faculty and professional staff gathered for a potluck to mark the beginning of the fall semester on September 9.

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Story 9/22/2016

Sharing Experiences, Conversation, Not Moral Political...

Finding reasons for individuals of different colors and cultures to share experiences moves them closer to understanding one another, rather than moral and political debates that rarely, if ever,...

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March 30
event 3/30/2017

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

Mayser Gymnasium

Peggy Orenstein Writer Peggy Orenstein is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine...

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