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Welcome to Women’s & Gender Studies!

We offer an undergraduate major and minor and a master’s degree and graduate certificate that support our mission for excellence in intellectual training and community engagement. WGS is an interdisciplinary field that dovetails with many professions, including public service, non-profit organizing/management, health care, higher education, and advocacy for women, children, families, and the LGBTQIA community, among many areas where our graduates work. We are proud of the fact that our program is one of the oldest in the United States and continues to evolve in its ability to meet the needs of the diverse student body at UNCG.

Mission Statement

The central focus of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program is to explain how gender is produced within social institutions and how these institutions affect individual lives and to analyze the mutual constitution of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, nationality, and religion. The program addresses issues of neglect, omission, and bias in curricula while honing critical thinking skills vital to a liberal education.

WGS Spotlight

WGS welcomed acclaimed writer and editor Nalo Hopkinson on September 26, 2018 as part of the Dylan Rose Kadis and Eloise Hall Kadis Women’s Lecture Series for a lecture titled “We’re Here, Too: Feminism in Science Fiction and Fantasy.” Professor Hopkinson (UC Riverside) discussed what it’s like to live and work in science fiction as a multiply marginalized woman of colour.

Watch the lecture in full:

Statement on Transgender Erasure in Federal Policy by the WGS Network of North Carolina








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WGS Newsletter

The most recent version of the WGS Annual newsletter is now live on our website. Click here to read it. If you’d like to see previous versions of the newsletter, click here!

MA Deadlines

February 1 priority deadline (for funding consideration) for Fall admission
May 15 for Fall admission
October 1 for Spring admission.
Apply here!

WGS Five Year Plan

To learn more about our dynamic academic programming and the goals we are working to accomplish, you can look at our Five Year Plan here

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Program News

Afterthoughts: Race and The University, Immigration Now

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program would like to thank everyone who came out to support “Race and the University: […]

Afterthoughts: Reproductive Justice, Past and Present

The WGS Program would like to thank everyone for attending the Reproductive Justice Panel on October 29. The panel featured […]

Lisa Levenstein JAH Podcast

The JAH podcast this month features a conversation about Dr. Lisa Levenstein’s article (from the Sept issue) on the Beijing […]

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Faculty Bookshelf


Prayer and Worship in Eastern Christianities, 5th to 11th Centuries

Edited by Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony and Derek Krueger

The New Testament in Byzantium

Edited by Derek Krueger and Robert S. Nelson

Rethinking Ethos: A Feminist Ecological Approach to Rhetoric

Co-edited by Nancy Myers, Kathleen J. Ryan and Rebecca Jones.

Upcoming chapter: “Turning Trends: Lockwood’s and Emerson’s Rhetoric Textbooks at the American Fin D’ Siècle.” Chapter in Remembering Differently: Recollecting Women’s Rhetorical Narratives. Eds. Lynee Gaillet and Helen Gaillet. South Carolina UP. Forthcoming.

Bars, Blues and Booze: Stories from the Drink House

by Emily Edwards

Featured on Frank Stasio’s WUNC “State of Things” broadcast: https://uncgmediastudies.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/bars-blues-and-booze-stories-form-the-drink-house/


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Alumni Stories

Taylor Chapman

Taylor Chapman graduated with her Bachelor’s in English and Women’s and Gender Studies in 2015 and her Master’s in WGS […]

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