Women's and Gender Studies students and faculty
Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) is an interdisciplinary field that explores the experiences of women and the many ways that gender works throughout everyone’s lives. Gender shapes our identities, how we are perceived socially and our opportunities in life.

At Northeastern Illinois University, we approach our studies through intersections of feminist, anti-racist, multicultural, global and ecological perspectives.  We examine how power is distributed and used along the intersections of race, class, gender, geography, age, abilities and sexualities.

We work together to create an environment of learning and passionate commitment to social justice.  Women’s and Gender Studies 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 to develop and implement 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 Olivia Perlow O-Perlow@neiu.edu (773-442-4791) or WGS Advisor Laurie Fuller at LS-Fuller@neiu.edu (773-442-4553) 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.

Empowering Students Computer Lab

Want to work on a paper, finish an assignment or check your email in a friendly, supportive and comfortable computer lab?  Students are welcome to use our Empowering Students Computer Lab, located in the WGS/AFAM/LLAS office in Room LWH 2096. 

Student Clubs

The Feminist Collective and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender 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 campus programs that share our values and mission.