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About WGSS

Our vision statement

As an academic unit at UW-Eau Claire, the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program coordinates teaching, research and scholarship in the field of WGSS. This is a unique academic program that incorporates praxis--practice that is informed by theory and gendered analyses. WGSS is a discipline in its own right yet operates most often in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary modes.

Enacted as a discipline, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is a site of social change/activism as much as theory; therefore, the program supports and incorporates the following theoretical approaches to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality  Studies courses:

  • They are taught with feminist pedagogical techniques and from a feminist theoretical perspective;
  • They integrate theory with activism whenever possible; and
  • They advocate for gender justice both on campus and in the larger community.

Though other offices advocate for gender justice on campus, WGSS currently serves as an identifiable center for focused concern about issues of climate affecting women students, faculty and staff at UWEC. In addition, WGSS actively fosters interaction with surrounding communities.

Program objectives

The teaching and learning process in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is centered on inter-disciplinary research, collaboration, and services. Outreach and action projects are integral parts of this process. Interaction with the world tests academic theory learned in course work against the realities of women's lives. The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies paradigm thus incorporates teaching, research, and service as necessary components to developing curriculum and extending frontiers of knowledge in an evolving interdisciplinary field and a changing world.

I am no longer the quiet girl who sits in the corner. Instead, I became a person who is engaged and contributes to the conversations. These are the kinds of people employers seek and I am glad that I became this kind of person through the Women’s Studies Program.

Der Yang Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Pam Foreman, Ellen Mahaffey and Nicole Schultz

WGSS faculty

This program has the benefit of a core faculty and a campus-wide affiliate faculty in an array of disciplines — the result is a tremendous collection of experts whose knowledge and expertise is matched by their passion.

The faculty of WGSS
Rose-Marie Avin in class

WGSS Academic Offerings

A degree in WGSS will equip graduates with the skills needed to navigate toward equality and justice for all people, not just women. The program blends classroom instruction, research and service to create a field for a changing world.

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