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Women, Gender & Sexuality is an interdisciplinary department in which students study gender and sexualities with an emphasis on transnational perspectives.


By examining social issues, literary, scientific, and historical materials, students develop a critical, socially engaged sense of how gender and/or sexualities shape and are shaped by the world around them. Topics range from women’s political participation to body politics to lesbian/gay parenting and transgender concerns.  Courses currently being offered focus on women's media, literature, and art, women in sports, queer theory, gender politics, and LGBTQ Studies.

News & Announcements

The WGS Department now offers a graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Open to... read more

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New additions to WGS course... read more

Upcoming Events

Film Festival: Female Voices from the South

Thursday, September 21, 2017 , TBD

Downtown Charlottesville

LGBTQ Youth Health & Resilience

Friday, September 22, 2017 , 11am-12:30pm

116 Bavaro Hall

Lunch With Alumni in Residence

Friday, October 13, 2017 , 11am-1pm

481 Newcomb Hall