Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary department where faculty research and teaches how beliefs and behaviors are shaped by gender, race, class, sexualities, and abilities. Students learn to understand the multiple dimensions of power and how the status quo affects individuals, communities, workplaces, and cultural, political, and economic outcomes. We emphasize and are committed to affect social change by engaging in creative problem solving.
The Department is home to the Sally Miller Gearhart Lecture Series advancing lesbian history and culture, promoting dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, supporting diversity, and empowering lesbian and non-binary voices in higher education.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Events

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What You Can Do with a Degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Since women comprise more than half of the world’s population, an understanding of their experiences, abilities, and needs is an asset to careers in many fields, including government, business, law, medicine, journalism, counseling, childcare, education, and social services. Similarly, a deeper understanding of gender as it intersects with sexuality, race, class, ethnicity, nationality and other markers will provide important tools preparing students for a highly changing and competitive world. The major also prepare students for entering a growing number of graduate programs that emphasize the study of women or gender. Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies provides students with a foundation for employment in:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Research institutes
  • Colleges and universities
  • Healthcare practices and organizations
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Youth and family agencies
  • Libraries and archives
  • Political action committees
  • Public interest groups
  • Human rights organizations
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Feminist and Queer Zine Launch

What do feminist and queer zines look like? What is the collective power of zines, and how can they respond to our current political climate? Participants discussed these questions and more at the official launch party of the Gender Collective's inaugural issue, "Future Building: Hope and Praxis."

Our Degree Programs

Students in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies can pursue a major or a minor. The department also offers a minor in queer studies and a graduate certificate in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Retired NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence speaking to a class

Learn from Experts in the Field

Our faculty are experts who conduct intersectional research within their fields and work closely with students to provide individualized guidance. Core and affiliated faculty in the department come from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including history, literature, anthropology, sociology, geography, philosophy, law, political science, public policy, environmental studies, ethnic studies, religious studies, architecture and fine arts, music, romance and Germanic languages.

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Get Real-world Experience

Our students extend their learning beyond the classroom through numerous hands-on learning opportunities. Immerse yourself in another culture while studying abroad, develop vital job skills in an internship, or conduct original research on a topic that sparks your interest.

Scholarships and Funding

Students who need help funding their studies can apply for scholarships from the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences.

Undergraduate Scholarships
Graduate Funding

Academic Support

Our academic advisors can help students understand their major or minor requirements, plan their course of study, explore study abroad opportunities, and more.

Undergraduate Advising
Support for Graduate Students

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies News and CAS Events

April 29, 2024
Faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences were among the 15 University of Oregon scholars to receive award money from the Faculty Research Awards, provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.
April 9, 2024
WOMEN'S, GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES - Professor Judith Raiskin, who has been awarded a CAS Diversity Grant matched by a grant from the Division of Equity and Inclusion to support her documentary Outliers and Outlaws.
April 9, 2024
WOMEN'S, GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES - Yvette Saavedra, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, has been awarded the 2024 Antonia I. Castañeda Prize for her article “Speaking for Themselves: Rancheras and Respectability in Mexican California, 1800-1850,” by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies.

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University of Oregon Night at the San Francisco Giants
Jul30
University of Oregon Night at the San Francisco Giants Jul 30 Oracle Park
UO Cinema Studies Alumni Gathering: Los Angeles
Aug25
UO Cinema Studies Alumni Gathering: Los Angeles Aug 25 Everson Royce Bar
The BIG 10+ Academia Career Fair
Oct16
The BIG 10+ Academia Career Fair Oct 16
Bob Bussel Labor History Lecture
Apr24
Bob Bussel Labor History Lecture Apr 24 William W. Knight Law Center

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