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.

The Pulse of WGSS

Story 1/4/2021

WGSS Invites Student Submissions to Digital Archive

The WGSS program invites students to contribute projects to its new online platform.  Link to application form and the archive websited are in this story.

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Story 8/29/2022

F&M Diplomat Interns to Become U.S. Diplomat

Munahil Sultana says the idea of enlisting in America’s diplomatic corps captured her imagination in high school.

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Story 8/3/2022

Students Uncover Lancaster’s Secret Side

Follow along on the Lancaster Vice History tour.  F&M students travel back in time to explore reform group efforts to curb prostitution, gambling and liquor law violations in the 1900s.

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Story 5/9/2022

Exploring the Intersection of Economics and Feminism

Franklin & Marshall College senior Kamakshi Shah didn’t expect to fall in love with economics. She had always thought of the subject as “intimidating,” but after taking a class at her high school in...

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