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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 New 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 these movements pose and the ways that race, ethnicity, sexuality, social class, nationality, age, and ability intersect to shape understanding of gendered experience and injustice.

Portrait of Pamela Thoma.
Pamela Thoma, WGSS director and associate professor

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 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.


Good choices for summer 2019 at the lower division include Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Women_ST 101, DIVR)–offered in several sessions, both in Pullman and through Global Campus!

Students ready for the upper division may consider Women_ST 338 Women and Popular Culture) or WOEN_ST/SOC 385 Introduction Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies!


WGSS seeks to

  • Provide students with a systematic knowledge of the multidisciplinary scholarship about gender and by women and other gender and sexual minorities.
  • Enhance the qualifications of students to work in today’s diverse workplaces.
  • Further university and societal goals of diversity and equity.
  • Work for social and institutional change.

inQueery logo in rainbow colors.
October 21, 2019