What is Women’s & Gender Studies
Women’s & gender studies examines women’s roles, achievements and experiences, both historically and across cultures. Women have been studied for a long time, but only recently have women significantly influenced methodology and how that knowledge has been put to use. Women’s & gender studies courses examine the contributions, perspectives, experiences, roles, and status of women within an historical and multicultural framework. Challenging the stereotypes of women and men, our students explore the ways gender, socioeconomic class, sexual identity, race, ethnicity and age shape experience. An interdisciplinary field, women’s & gender studies embraces the arts, humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences. Women’s & gender studies brings to light valuable information about women in the family and at work, in the arts, in politics, and in the science—information that traditionally has been ignored. Women’s & gender studies also explores female behavior and the realities of women’s lives. It examines how femininity and masculinity are socially and culturally molded rather than determined by biology alone.
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.)
- Our Blog / Newsletter
- Eberly News
- A Note about the Eberly College's Dec. 20 Graduation Reception
- Award-winning essayist Beverly Donofrio to give reading at WVU
- Jennifer Orlikoff named interim director of Center for Women's and Gender Studies
- Apply for WVU Innovation Awards to win $5,000 for research development
- Scientist Jennie Hunter-Cevera to receive honorary degree at Eberly College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony
- WVU Today
- A 'WV lifer' urges WVU's newest graduates to 'show the world what Mountaineers can do'
- WVU experts say ban on fracking demonstrates the need for comprehensive and reliable scientific data, has negative long-term outcomes
- Armed robbery reported off-campus at BB&T branch bank
- Board approves new degree programs, receives update on 'due diligence' agreement with MSU
- WVU seminars will highlight water resources
- Calendar Events