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 4/13/2018

American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

In her 2017 book, “American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus,” Lisa Wade explores “hookup culture,” which is prevalent on college and university campuses across the country. She brought the...

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Story 4/4/2018

Alumni Profile: Megan Lipset '15

Megan Lipset '15 works with Year Up Greater Philadelphia.

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Story 4/3/2018

The Alice Drum Women’s Center Turns 25 — and Moves On Up

In 1992, Franklin & Marshall College opened the Alice Drum Women’s Center in a little-used pottery studio in the basement of the Steinman College Center, as a space for dialogue and feminist...

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