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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.

Honoring Alan Cone

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of honored philanthropist and Greensboro native Alan W. Cone. Successful businessman, community leader, UNC alumnus, and Navy veteran, Alan Cone was a lifelong supporter of the Greensboro community and strongly believed in helping those in need. Mr. Cone has a long history of charitable contributions. The United Way, Community Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Salvation Army, Urban Ministry, Greensboro Jewish Federation, and UNCG are just a few of the organizations whose missions have been enhanced by his generosity. In 2006, Alan and his wife, Sally (a UNCG alumna), were honored by NCCJ with one of Greensboro’s highest honors, the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award.

Alan and Sally Cone have contributed greatly to the Women’s and Gender Studies Program here at the UNC Greensboro, and for that we remain extremely grateful. The Sally and Alan Cone Fund, generously endowed by the Cones, provides a range of awards and scholarships for students engaged in Women’s and Gender Studies. It has furthered the education of numerous students seeking to continue the important work of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. They also received the UNCG Holderness Weaver Award, which honors individuals who have rendered distinguished public service to the community and state.

Our condolences go out to all of his loved ones. Although Mr. Cone will be greatly missed, his legacy will live on through the many lives he touched and enriched.

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.
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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 “The Mind of a Man: Finding Self in the Age of Toxic Masculinity

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program welcomed Michael Robinson on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 as he facilitated a conversation on […]

Afterthoughts: Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research-Dr. Yarneccia Dyson

The Women’s and Gender Studies program would like to thank this year’s Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Award recipient, Dr. […]


  The Women’s and Gender Studies Program would like to thank everyone who attended our panel on “Feminism and Incarceration.” […]

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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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