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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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NOTE OUR NEW OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday 1:00-4:45

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

April's Alumna

Jordan Lovejoy (B.A. 2015)

The WGST program prepared me for graduate study in the Humanities because I was encouraged to always use a critical lens when analyzing the world around me. Additionally, the faculty in WGST encouraged me to critically approach and deeply engage with topics I’m passionate about. Without such encouragement, I probably wouldn’t be pursuing further educational opportunities.