Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

The academic discipline of Women's Studies began in the 1970s, and it examines women’s lives locally and globally, focusing on how gender intersects with other forms of difference including race, disability, ethnicity, class, age and sexual orientation.  At BGSU, the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program is part of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.  In addition to core faculty, our program draws on the expertise of affiliated faculty in all colleges of the University.  This faculty educates more than a thousand students every year in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies classes.

We offer both an undergraduate major and minor, a new undergraduate minor in Sexuality Studies, and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies.

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Women’s Studies and Sexuality Studies Minors

Women’s Studies and Sexuality Studies Minors

The perfect complement to a variety of majors!  READ MORE

News and Stories

Help Us Celebrate 40 Years - Share your Memories

Help Us Celebrate 40 Years - Share your Memories

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program @BGSU celebrates our 40th anniversary in 2018 as the first Women’s Studies program approved within the state of Ohio. Help us celebrate this milestone with your stories, photos, and memories. Facebook: Women’s Studies @BGSU//Twiter Username: Women's Studies Twitter/Instagram @WGSSbgsu//tumblr. wgssbgsu

WGSS Art and Essay Contest--Deadline Extended!

WGSS Art and Essay Contest--Deadline Extended!

The deadline for the WGSS Essay and Art Contest has been extended to February 16th! The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program @BGSU celebrates our 40th anniversary in 2018 as the first Women’s Studies program approved within the state of Ohio. Help us celebrate this milestone by submitting an essay or art project that speaks to the importance of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in your life, in the BGSU community, and/or in your scholarly and creative work. Submissions in any literary and artistic form are welcome; personal essays, photo essays, collage, and/or academic work is encouraged. Topics include but are not limited to how feminism and feminist ideas have shaped your understanding of issues of equality, sexualities, ability, age, race, class, religion, education, and citizenship as they intersect in our personal and political lives. Click Read More for guidelines. READ MORE

Faulkner Book Urges a More Physical Feminism

Faulkner Book Urges a More Physical Feminism

Dr. Sandra Faulkner has been preparing for her new book, “Real Women Run: Running as Feminist Embodiment,” her whole life. Since childhood she has been either running or wanting to run, and that desire to experience the physicality of her self has fed her personal and scholarly explorations of embodiment, identity and feminist theory. “I wanted to use my personal ethnography and connect it to larger societal influences, taking the personal to the public,” said Faulkner, a professor in the Dept. of Communication and director and graduate coordinator of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies.    READ MORE