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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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  • Brian Jara

    I live for the moment when students naturally question the question.

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  • Men in Gender Studies

    Enroll in WGST 170

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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.

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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Breaking Barriers

WVU was fortunate to secure an ADVANCE grant from the National Science Foundation. This grant focuses on transforming the institutional culture to be more supportive and nurturing of excellent female faculty in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Eventually, the ADVANCE project will improve our understanding of barriers to large-scale organizational transformation.



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