Gender and Sexuality
at 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.

WGSS News and Events

Story 7/16/2018

Building a Robot with Lasers, Flight-of-Time Cameras and...

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...

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Story 6/25/2018

Welcome Chelsea Reimann, Farewell Anthony Lascoskie

We are pleased to announce that beginning August 1, 2018 Chelsea Reimann will become the full-time director of the Alice Drum Women’s Center and coordinator for the Sexuality and Gender Alliance...

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Story 5/29/2018

Alumni Profile: Czarina Hutchins '15

Czarina Hutchins '15, a joint major in WGSS and History, describes how she came upon her job as an Admission Counselor by accident, and discovered her passion for higher education.

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Story 5/29/2018

WGSS/ADWC Senior Celebration 2018

The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies program and the Alice Drum Women's Center gathered in April to celebrate the class of  2018. 

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Story 5/29/2018

WGSS/ADWC Senior Celebration 2017

The Alice Drum Women's Center and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program joined forces to celebrate the seniors of the class of 2017.

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Story 4/23/2018

Internship at National Women's History Museum

The National Women's History Museum is seeking a summer intern to assist with a variety of tasks including but not limited to historic research, creating content, image righs acquisition, and light...

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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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