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

September 13
event 9/13/2017

Q & A with Emily St. John Mandel

Writers House Reading Room

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a...

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Story 4/28/2017

Off-Campus Study: Cecilia Plaza '17

Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies joint major studies on the Alliance for Global Education - Contemporary India:  Development, Economy, Society program in Pune.  

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Story 4/17/2017

WGSS Faculty Support 'Take Back the Night'

Members of the WGSS Program Committee recently posed with handmade signs promoting "Take Back the Night" at F&M. 

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Story 4/12/2017

Alice Drum Women's Center Seeks Executive Board Members for...

In its ongoing commitment to cultivate campus leadership and activism, the Alice Drum Women's Center is recruiting new executive board members for fall semester 2017.

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