Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program


A global Approach to Gender
and Sexuality

Challenging inequity through cross-disciplinary,
intersectional scholarship


Who We Are

The first graduate program in women’s studies in the United States, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program at GW University has been a leader in the field since 1972. Today, our offerings include undergraduate, graduate and combined degree options.

Known for our interdisciplinary, innovative approach, the WGSS Program bridges the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences through the study of topics relating to gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality.

Students analyze feminist theory and cross-cultural perspectives, examine historical trends and religious practices, explore policy and power structures and develop theories and methods for challenging inequality and re-imagining social justice. Beyond the classroom, students have access to unique networking events, research experiences and internship opportunities in Washington, D.C.

"The decision to take on WGSS as a second major was the most importat moment of my undergraduate career. I am incredibly humbled to have learned from our department's wonderful professors and students in my last three semesters at GW."

Ragini Sharma
BA '21

Ragini Sharma


Happening in WGSS

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Information Session Webinar

The WGSS Program recently hosted an information session on our graduate programs. Watch the event recording on Zoom.



Yulee Symposium: Loretta Ross "Radical Reproductive Justice and Calling-In Culture"

Our 2022 Yulee Symposium featured noted reproductive justice and civil rights activist Loretta Ross.

How to Find a Job During the Pandemic

Thanks to all who joined us for a virtual talk on "Finding a Job During the Pandemic" with WGSS alum Michelle Nguyen. Michelle shared tips on everything related to job hunting from finding job postings to keeping track of application materials. The Access Passcode for the recording is T*s!RD7&








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