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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is an interdisciplinary program designed to foster students’ personal and intellectual development in the study of gender and sexuality within both local and global contexts; the intersectional analysis of race, gender, class, culture and disability; power, systems of privilege, and resistance; and the links between theoretical understandings of feminist/queer studies and community activism.  A degree in WGSS prepares students for socially responsible community involvement and a broad range of careers in community agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies. Additionally, the WGSS program offers a foundation for graduate work in professional degree programs such as teaching, counseling, social work, legal studies, public health, business administration, and advocacy.

View current course listings and registration resources for the 2014-15 academic year.


We are hiring! The Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department at Portland State University invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track Senior Instructor I to begin September 16, 2015 for a nine-month, non-renewable appointment. The successful candidate will be a feminist educator with a primary specialization in women of color feminisms. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate introductory and upper-division courses. The teaching load is 3 courses per term.

Please use following link to access job posting, qualifications and competencies: Review of applications will begin March 30, 2015.