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 11/20/2015

A Black Woman's Body Was Never Her Own: Sexual Violence and...

Danielle McGuire Assistant Professor of History, Wayne State University McGuire is the author of “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—A New History of the Civil...

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Story 11/9/2015

Sexuality Explored More Purposefully in College's...

Students who have been pursuing Women's and Gender Studies as a minor say its evolution to a major — Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)— is a testament to Franklin & Marshall College's...

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Story 11/4/2015

Studying Media Representations of Gender

Senior Joanna Radov, winner of an Alice Drum Summer Research Award for Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, is studying representations of gender in sports broadcasting and fashion design.  

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