decorative background image

Center for Women's and Gender Studies

  • Women Portrayed in Film

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

    Read More
  • Men in Gender Studies

    Enroll in WGST 170

    Read More
  • LGBTQ+ Center now open

    G06 Hodges Hall

    Read More

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.)

Facebook and Twitter Logos

Follow Us!

The WVU Center for Women’s & Gender Studies is now on  Facebook and  Twitter

Keep up to date with
  • career information
  • major and minor requirements
  • student organizations
  • new courses
  • events and activities
Give us your feedback when you like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Alumni Spotlight

November's Alumna

Olivia Given (B.A. 2016)

While in grad school, Olivia is working at a rape and domestic violence shelter as a crisis intervention advocate as well as at Planned Parenthood as their sex education organizer. "I believe that by having a WGST degree and complementing that with places of work that are passionate about the same goals as me, it becomes part of my core values for me to enjoy my work and the impact that it can make."

Save the Date

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