Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

students sitting in the grass



  • twitter
  • facebook
  • instagram
  • linkedin

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program at the University of Montana is at the forefront of interdisciplinary studies. WGSS brings together undergraduate students and faculty from almost every discipline in the College of Humanities and Sciences who have an interest in studies relating to women, gender and sexuality. In the 1970s, UM began offering courses for credit in Women’s Studies. In the last decade, this focus has broadened to include study of the social and cultural construction of gender, sex, and sexualities. WGSS encourages the production, discussion, and dissemination of knowledge about women’s experiences, oppressions, and achievements, in Montana, the U.S., and the world. By fostering awareness of cultural and international diversity, as well as of the circulation of power and privilege mediated by race, class, age, ability, ethnicity and sexual orientation, WGSS encourages students to think critically and to envision justice for all peoples.

WGSS offers an undergraduate minor, an undergraduate major, an undergraduate emphasis in the Liberal Studies department, and a graduate certificate. Graduates from the WGSS Program don’t just go out and get jobs, they change the world! WGSS students have access to scholarships and prizes, and a variety of events including special lectures, discussions, and performances.