Gender and Sexuality
at the Heart of
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 Sexualities, Contemporary Queer Poetry, The 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.
WGSS News and Events
Life Science 142 Bonchek Lecture Hall
Hafsa Kanjwal is an Assistant Professor of History at Lafayette College "Our Breadwinner has Come...Read More
Rosa Clemente 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate, Journalist, Political Commentator...Read More
Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium
Shenila Khoja-Moolji is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Bowdoin...Read More
Filmmaker and activist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy knows how to seize an audience’s attention. Whether speaking directly to a captive audience like the one in Mayser Gymnasium Oct. 11, or to complacent...Read More
Nilanjana Dasgupta Professor of Psychology, Director of Faculty Equity & Inclusion, College of Natural Sciences, UMass AmherstRead More
"As a student at F&M, I had not been exposed to the modes of thinking displayed at this conference." - Hannah LaChance '20Read More
In a quiet room in Franklin & Marshall College’s Hackman Physical Sciences Laboratories building, senior Gabriella Sallai stands at the intersection of physics and geoscience as she works on a...Read More