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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Common Hour -  Questioning Our Views of Biological Sex
Story 4/7/2021

Questioning Our Views of Biological Sex

    Emily Quinn Intersex Activist and Artist Emily Quinn has balls, both literally and figuratively. She was born intersex, which she exploresthrough her work as an...

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Story 3/23/2021

Professors Across Disciplines Teach Humanities of Pandemics

Students researched everything from bubonic plague to COVID-19 in this semester’s “Pandemics Past and Present” course, a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary initiative organized and led by the...

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Story 3/3/2021

Diplomats Abroad Overcome Pandemic Challenges

Despite the waxing and waning of the pandemic’s intensity last fall and early winter, four  F&M graduates reached their destinations abroad and begin their teaching fellowships. These are their...

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