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.
The Pulse of WGSS
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.Read More
The alums who received NSF fellowships to advance their graduate work shared their thoughts, and some advice, about how F&M prepared them for graduate school.Read More
When F&M celebrated 50 years of co-education in 2019, Brianna Adams ’21 found herself wondering, “What was the experience like for Black women?” With little to no information documented, Adams dove...Read More