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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 Dr. Sara Ahmed Thursday, October 18th, 2017, for a lecture based on her recent research called “The Institutional As Usual: Sexism, Racism, and the Politics of Complaint,” provoking thought into the uses of “use” and its intended function, institutional habits, the idea of occupation, “lifting the lid,” and “complaint” as a feminist gift.

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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.
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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: Linda Arnold Carlisle Research Grant Talk

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, WGS welcomed this year’s recipient of the Linda Arnold Carlisle Research Grant, Dr. Cybelle McFadden, […]

Contemporary Feminisms: Transfeminisms Afterthoughts

WGS would like to cordially thank Dr. Marcia Ochoa, Dr. Treva Ellison and our very own Dr. Daniel Coleman Chávez […]

Ecofeminisms Event (Afterthoughts)

WGS would like to thank Dr. Shannon Bell, Dr. Stephanie Buechler and Dr. Sonya Posmentier for joining our panel discussion […]

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Faculty Bookshelf


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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