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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.

Please explore all of our website to see who we are, what we offer, and how you might participate in both academics and the programming that supports our mission. Visit us on the third floor of Curry Building to meet our faculty and find out more about Women’s and Gender Studies.

Scholarship Opportunities

Check out scholarships and other fun WGS-related opportunities here!

MA Deadline

The priority deadline to be admitted to the WGS program and to be considered for assistantships is June 15th, 2016! Apply here!

Survey: WGS Five Year Plan!

It’s a VERY exciting time for WGS and we want our students, community members, alumni, and faculty to be involved in all of the changes that are coming. We’d love for you to complete this short survey which will help us think about our five year plan.

After Orlando

A message from Dr. Mark Rifkin, Director of WGS:

Call for Papers

Been writing? Check out WGS-related publication opportunities here!

Department News


WGS Alumni Holden Cession featured in the NY Times

WGS Alumni Holden Cession was recently featured in an article by Molly Wharton titled “What’s God Got to Do With […]


Meet Our New Program Administrator, Amanda Regan!

Amanda graduated from UNCG as an International and Global Studies major with a concentration in Human Rights, and minors in […]

After Orlando

Dear WGS students, faculty, staff, and supporters, It’s been a week since the atrocity in Orlando, in which 49 people […]

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Faculty Bookshelf

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Alumni Stories


Lauren Pereira

Lauren Pereira graduated from the WGS MA program in the Spring of 2013. During her time in the program, she […]

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