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About the Department

Connect with an inclusive, dynamic learning community where students are empowered as agents of social change. We study—and question—how gender and sexuality intersect with race, class, and other identities to mold our selves and our social structures. Rigorous coursework across disciplines is paired with opportunities for global study, activism, and community engagement. Our field provides a framework for developing such skills as cultural competency and effective communication, for a complex, interconnected world.

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Organized for Action

Our student groups drive real change, from starting dialogues on campus to forging bonds in other nations.


Wide Academic Options

Majors, minors, and more: Craft an education uniquely aligned with your interests and career goals.


Close Faculty Mentorship

Find your path with the support and guidance of teacher-scholars whose first commitment is your success.

Recent News / Announcements

  • March 1, 2018

    Congratulations to WGSS Associate Professor Marla Jaksch!  Her book Open Mic Night: Campus Programs that Champion College Student Voice and Engagement (Stylus, 2017), co-authored by Dr. Jaksch, Toby Jenkins, Crystal Endsey, and Anthony Keith, has won the Outstanding Book Recognition Award from the American Educational Research Association.     From the reviews:  "Beautifully poetic, creatively academic. This book speaks brilliantly...

  • April 24, 2017

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