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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.

For more information on how you can support the crucial work of the WGS program, please visit: 

MA Deadline

The priority deadline to be admitted to the WGS program and to be considered for assistantships is February 2, 2017.
 Apply here!

Call for Papers

Have you been writing?
Check out WGS-related publication opportunities 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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Department News


On February 16th, WGS hosted three scholars and activists who have been deeply involved in the movement against the Dakota […]

Queer Trans Race Empire Symposium

For this event, Women’s & Gender Studies was proud to bring together a range of scholars who in various ways are […]

Women’s History Month Exhibit featuring Dr. Sarah Colonna

Throughout the month of March, Women’s and Gender Studies alumni and Friend, Dr. Sarah E. Colonna, has hosted a biographical […]

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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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Alumni Stories

Dayne Alexander

I’m currently finishing my first year of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies PhD program at Emory University. The demands […]

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