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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Since its inception in 1972, the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program has been a leader and innovator as an interdisciplinary program offering an undergraduate major and minor as well as several graduate degrees. The curriculum brings together scholarship on women in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Students in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies' courses are encouraged to explore traditional and current issues in gender and social justice studies and to critically challenge inequity and inequality. The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies curriculum offers courses that examine the world from diverse vantage points – gender, race, age, class, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, etc. – and encourages students to explore and voice varying points of view, from a multidisciplinary vantage point.

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies Program provides students unique access to resources and internship opportunities in Washington, DC. Many Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduates go on to professional and graduate schools in law, humanities, social sciences, and other fields. They secure jobs in both the private and public sector, in business, law, government, public interest and social service organizations, the arts, and elsewhere. Expertise in women’s issues, along with other academic and professional skills, is valued by many organizations.

As the oldest graduate program of its kind in the United States, we continue to seek innovative ways to remain at the forefront of feminist theory and practice on campus and in the Washington, DC metro area as well as nationally and internationally.

Department Highlights

Symposium: Feminist Theory In and Beyond the Academy

This year, the WGSS Program's Annual Yulee Lecture will explore the power of feminist theories to shape culture and society with three guest speakers: Mab Segrest, Nicole Burrowes, and Rana Jaleel. Please join us for an evening dedicated to highlighting the transformative potential of feminist theorizing. Register Now.

WGSS Hosted Inaugural Panel Event

On September 17, 2018, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program hosted our inaugural panel event in our newly launched “Alumni Speaker Series.” Our distinguished speakers were three path-breaking leaders who graduated from our program: Silvia Henriquez, ESIA BA '97, CCAS MA '01, Co-director, All* Above All, Susan Markham, CCAS MA '94, Partner, Smash Strategies, and Chitra Panjabi, CCAS MA '10, President & CEO, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.

Women In and Beyond the Global

Visit Women In and Beyond the Global, a feminist Open Access forum, organized by The George Washington University's Women Studies Program and the Gelman Library, to learn about transforming relationships among digital media, gender and democracy.