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Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
4 diverse women in graduation regalia smile broadly.
Celebrating WSU Commencement 2018: Brenda Rodriguez Lopez (women’s studies major), Kayley DeLong (queer studies minor), Alejandrx Martinez (women’s studies major), and Basheera Agyeman (WGSS student).

Welcome to the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

At this important moment in history—from #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo and everything in between—the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at WSU offers interdisciplinary courses in which students work together to explore the questions that these social justice movements pose, and the ways that race, ethnicity, sexuality, social class, nationality, age, and ability intersect to shape understanding of gendered experience and injustice.

WGSS places gender and sexuality at the center of inquiry in research and teaching. Using an intersectional lens, students learn how to analyze gendered social roles and the ways in which they affect personal lives, artistic expression, work, social relationships, institutional structures, the production of knowledge, and national and international political and economic relations.

WGSS offers a major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, which requires a minimum of 36 credit hours. The program also offers minors in Women’s Studies and Queer Studies. Students interested in declaring a major or minor should contact the program director, Pamela Thoma, associate professor of English.

Check out our degree options.



Celebrating 2021 WGSS Graduates, Scholarships, and Awards

WGSS Graduating Majors
  • Alexia Gray
  • Samantha King-Shaw
  • Holly Kudlich
  • Aydan Miner
  • Jessie Olstad
  • Maia Petrides
  • Kaitlin Srader
  • Aliya Straight
Outstanding Senior
  • Samantha King-Shaw
Pauline E. Thompson Scholarship in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Lesli Napoles
  • Alecia Burgett, Honorable Mention
  • Kaylana Miller, Honorable Mention
Johanna Busek Scholarship in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Yaya Mejia
Celia Forrest Award in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Aydan Miner
WGSS Internship & Community Service Award
  • Jessie Olstad
WGSS Scholarly Achievement Award
  • Samantha King-Shaw, First Place
  • Parker Johnson, Second Place
  • Kaitlin Srader, Second Place
  • Alecia Burgett, Third Place
  • Darby Heppler, Third Place


InQueery Symposium 2021

“Police Out of Pride”

New date: Tuesday, November 16, 4 pm (PT)

Program and Registration

Keynote: Dr. Emily Thuma

“The Queer Politics of Abolition Feminism”

Upcoming Events

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In response to the unthinkable killings in Atlanta, WGSS reaffirms its stance against all forms of racism, misogyny, and violence and stands in solidarity with Asian immigrants and Asian Americans.
Red Canary Song is one group whose transnational organizing may provide guidance on labor rights and mutual aid. Please see their statement here.

WGSS Statement on Solidarity with #BLM
National Women’s Studies Association Statement

WGSS seeks to

  • Provide students with a systematic knowledge of interdisciplinary scholarship about gender and by women and other gender and sexual minorities.
  • Enhance the qualifications of students for today’s diverse workplaces.
  • Advance university and societal goals of diversity and equity.
  • Lead transformational education and research initiatives.