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

October 23
event 10/23/2018

Religion Law and Politics in South Asia Speaker Series...

Life Science 142 Bonchek Lecture Hall

Hafsa Kanjwal is an Assistant Professor of History at Lafayette College "Our Breadwinner has Come...

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October 24
event 10/24/2018

French and Francophone Film Festival

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

Polina  (112 min. Oscilloscope Laboratories) Polina is the first feature by leading French...

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October 25
event 10/25/2018

Why Are We Abandoning Americans? Putting Puerto Rico on the...

Mayser Gymnasium

Rosa Clemente 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate, Journalist, Political Commentator...

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October 30
event 10/30/2018

French and Francophone Film Festival

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

Métamorphoses  (102 min. Monument Releasing) Arthouse favorite Christophe Honoré takes a...

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November 02
event 11/2/2018

Religion Law and Politics in South Asia Speaker Series -...

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

Shenila Khoja-Moolji is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Bowdoin...

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Story 10/11/2018

Mueller Fellow Tells Common Hour Audience, 'I Refuse to be...

Filmmaker and activist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy knows how to seize an audience’s attention. Whether speaking directly to a captive audience like the one in Mayser Gymnasium Oct. 11, or to complacent...

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A Career in American Politics
Story 10/4/2018

A Career in American Politics

Governor Christine Todd Whitman  Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January of 2001 until June of 2003....

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STEMing the Tide: How Female Scientists and Peers Help Young Women's Success in STEM
Story 9/20/2018

STEMing the Tide: How Female Scientists and Peers Act as...

Nilanjana Dasgupta Professor of Psychology, Director of Faculty Equity & Inclusion, College of Natural Sciences, UMass Amherst

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Story 8/30/2018

Hannah LaChance '20 attends SWIP Ireland's Conference

"As a student at F&M, I had not been exposed to the modes of thinking displayed at this conference."  - Hannah LaChance '20

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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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