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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. (Above photo courtesy of the WGSS PSU Library Archives)


WGSS Spring Celebration!

The Annual WGSS Spring Celebration will be held 6/17/17, from 6:00-9:00pm in SMSU 327/8/9. This celebration honors WS Majors, WS Minors, and SGQS Minors who graduating in 2016-2017. Graduates and their families enjoy refreshments, a keynote address, and recognition of the WGSS cohort and their accomplishments. Email WGSS Office Coordinator for more information at .

Proposed New Major in Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies!

The 2017-2018 academic year brings new courses and a new major to the WGSS department. If you would like to begin taking classes toward the new major or are curious if classes you have taken will count, contact Sally McWilliams at, or Miriam Abelson at . More information here

"From Breath to Action" with Aleris Villegas

Read WGSS scholarship recipient Aleris Villegas' reflection on her journey to the Philippines with GABRIELA Portland. While there, Aleris was able to attend the International Conference on People's Rights in the Philippines.

Read the full reflection here.

















If you are interested in becoming an affiliate faculty with WGSS, click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity.