Women's and Gender Studies students and faculty
Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS) is an interdisciplinary field that centers intersectional feminism. WGS explores the many ways that sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression shape our identities and impact our lived experiences.

We recognize that the problem is unjust systems not individuals, that the personal is political, and that sexism and heteronormativity intersect with other forms of oppression such as racism, classism, and ableism. Our work centers the experiences of marginalized groups including people of color and those who are women, trans, queer, non binary, disabled, poor, and/or undocumented, among others.  

Our mission is to empower students to reimagine our future and work towards liberation for all our communities. WGS is not just about learning facts and theories, but also about praxis—using our knowledge to become practitioners, researchers, learners, leaders and activists. We work together to create an environment of learning and passionate commitment to the development and implementation of meaningful social change within the university and beyond. 


This degree emphasizes the value of diversity, relationships and coalition building, preparing graduates to listen, to communicate across differences in background and viewpoint to respond openly to change. These are all skills that will allow you to pursue successful careers in many fields: teaching and school administration; social services; law enforcement; counseling; community organizations; communication; business and marketing; human resources and management; services and hospitality industries; and in healthcare fields such as nursing, medicine, pharmacy and administration. For more information, visit Northeastern's Career Development Center and the National Women’s Studies Association website.

A Major and Two Minors

We offer a major in Women’s and Gender Studies and two minors—one in Women’s and Gender Studies and one in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies (LGBTQ Studies). To declare a major or minor contact WGS Coordinator Brooke Johnson at b-johnson16@neiu.edu or (773) 442-4771, or WGS Advisor Laurie Fuller at ls-fuller@neiu.edu or (773) 442-4552, or stop by the WGS office (Room LWH 2096).    

LGBTQ Program

Our minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies is an exciting new program.

General Education 

Our WGS-101 Women’s Perspectives and Values course fulfills a Humanities requirement for Northeastern's General Education Program. WGS-210 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies course fulfills a Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement.

Student Clubs

The Feminist Collective and the Pride Alliance are student clubs that are closely related to the WGS Program. Explore other clubs through the Office of Student Leadership and Development.


The Women's and Gender Studies Program sponsors events that promote its mission and enrich the University community. We often co-sponsor events with other University programs that share our values and mission.