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A global Approach to Gender and Sexuality
Challenging inequity through cross-disciplinary,
intersectional scholarship


Who We Are

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The first graduate program in women’s studies in the United States, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program has been a leader in the field since 1972. Known for its interdisciplinary, innovative approach, the 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 — experiences that can only be found in the nation's capital.


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Paul Seltzer, BA '13, WGSS

Paul Seltzer

BA '13

"Through rigorous classes, brilliant faculty and supportive community, I learned not only how to critique the world around me as a feminist, but also how to implement change. I have used the knowledge I gained in WGSS every day of my life since graduation."








Highlights From WGSS

Professor Eiko Strader

WGSS Faculty Published: Dr. Eiko Strader

Congratulations to Dr. Strader for publishing "A Second Change in the Military"

WGSS Faculty Published: Dr. Eiko Strader

Congratulations to Dr. Eiko Strader on her research being published in "A Second Chance in the Military" on the Work in Progress blog site! Dr. Strader explores one of the largest employers to regularly hire people with a criminal record, the United States military, and how there is little about these people's lives and experiences. This research adds to the growing body of knowledge about the nature of jobs that are available to the people who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Former U.S. Attorney General Makes Virtual Classroom Visit

The WGSS community was incredibly honored and inspired to have a guest speaker in WGSS 2135 "A Study of Gender and Media" in September 2020. The distinguished 82nd Attorney General of the United States (2008-2015) Mr. Eric H. Holder, Jr. Undergraduate and graduate students were very inspired by his reflections on voter suppression, the importance of voting, and fighting for justice. He shared brilliant advice with great moral clarity and warmth for the next generation on imagining and creating change, and left us all so inspired and motivated.

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