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

November 01
event 11/1/2017

Feminist Flash Fiction Celebration

Writers House Reading Room

Join us for awards, celebration, and readings of entries in the Feminist Flash Fiction contest on...

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November 14
event 11/14/2017

Remembering the Night of Terror

Writers House Reading Room

Led by folksinger Bobbi Carmitchell, the Writers House, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, and...

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November 15
event 11/15/2017

WGSS Feminist Free Lunch

Ware College House Great Room

Meet new colleagues, catch up with old friends, and enjoy soup, salad, bread, cheese, and cookies....

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November 16
event 11/16/2017

Sherine Hamdy: Talk and film screening

Writers House Reading Room

An Evening with Sherine Hamdy, co-author of Lissa Lissa is a graphic novel that tells the story...

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Story 10/20/2017

Speaker Gives the Skinny on Being Fat

Audiences unfamiliar with author Kimberly Dark and her performance, “Things I Learned from Fat People on a Plane,” might think by the title she is anything but voluptuous. 

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Story 9/13/2017

F&M Poet Returns to the Classroom After a Year Abroad on...

Professor and poet, Meg Day reflected on her journey, where  she explored 16 countries around the world as a recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. 

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Story 8/18/2017

Off-Campus Study: Karolina Heleno '18

English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies joint major studies in Scandinavia.

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