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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)


Photo of Professor Eddy Francisco Alvarez, Jr.

WGSS New Faculty!

Join us in welcoming the newest edition to the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, Professor Eddy Francisco Alvarez, Jr. Read an interview between Prof. Alvarez and the WGSS Chair Sally McWillaims.

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

Photo of Professor Vicki Reitenauer in the Chronicle of Higher Education

"Helping Students find Their Voice - and Their Power"

In WGSS classrooms students are encouraged to put their feminist thinking and learning into practice.  One way is to take on the responsibility of grading their own work.  Vicki Reitenauer is a nationally-recognized leader on the feminist practice of self-evaluation in the classroom. Read more here




















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