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Center for Women's and Gender Studies

  • Women Portrayed in Film

    WMST 150 Students watch movies and learn why representations in gender matter.

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  • Men in Gender Studies

    Enroll in WGST 170

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  • LGBTQ+ Center now open

    G06 Hodges Hall

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What is Women’s & Gender Studies?

Women’s & Gender Studies examines the contributions, perspectives, experiences, roles, and status of women and men within an historical and multicultural framework. Challenging stereotypes, our students explore the ways gender, socioeconomic class, sexual identity, race, ethnicity and age shape experience.  Students are encouraged to explore female behavior and the realities of women’s lives, and to examine how femininity and masculinity are socially and culturally molded rather than determined by biology alone.

Our Mission

The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies at West Virginia University is dedicated to the mission of creating, evaluating, and disseminating knowledge based on feminist scholarship. We recognize diverse approaches to gender studies and the intersection of gender with other social identities such as class, race, sexual orientation, ability, age, and ethnicity in all that we do. We are committed to expanding access to education about women beyond the classrooms and campuses of West Virginia University and do so connecting the people of our state and region to sources of feminist scholarship worldwide. We accomplish our mission as a program within the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, while pursuing a unique university-wide mission.

(Note: “University” means the Morgantown and regional campuses of West Virginia University.)

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Alumni Spotlight

February's Alumnus

Ben Seebaugh (B.A. 2014)

In my current role as Project Coordinator for the New York City Department of Corrections, I apply my studies in WGST in a number of ways.  I help conduct training on transgender bathrooms, lead the Gay Officers Action League, and help with a gender responsivity work group working to apply equal standards of treatment to all employees and inmates. A WGST degree is a versatile degree that is easily applicable to any field, and I incorporate my knowledge from WGST daily. 

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Upcoming Events

March 23
Behaving Badly, Balancing Gladly: Women, Work and Life in the Wild New World
Public talk by Karen Cardozo, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. This is the first in a series of Mohindar Singh Seehra Lectures.
7:00 p.m. Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair

April 10
Women's & Gender Studies Fair
3:00-6:00 p.m., Mountainlair Ballrooms

April 27
Honors & Awards Ceremony and Capstone Colloquium
5:00-7:00 p.m., Mountaineer Room, Mountainlair