Department ofWomen's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies

Welcome to Women's and Gender Studies!

Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) is a multidisciplinary field that provides an integrated approach to understanding the social and cultural constructions of gender that shape our diverse experiences. With its roots in social justice movements of the last three decades, the methods and goals of Women’s and Gender Studies support the University’s mission of education informed by both ethical and intellectual values. In addition to educating undergraduates in traditional classroom environments, the program provides opportunities for civic engagement through internships, support for faculty scholarship on gender issues across the disciplines, and diverse co-curricular programming for the university.

  • Laura Ellingson at University of Illinois

    Faculty Spotlight: Laura Ellingson

    Laura Ellingson (Communication, Women's and Gender Studies) attended the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) at the University of Illinois from May 17-19 and presented two papers on feminist embodiment. She was awarded an Honorable Mention in the ICQI Outstanding Qualitative Book Award competition for her book, Embodiment in Qualitative Research (Routledge, 2017). 

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