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 toward 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.
The bachelor's 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.
A Major and Two Minors
We offer a major in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and two minors—one in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality 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 email@example.com or (773) 442-4771, or WGS Advisor Laurie Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 442-4552, or stop by the WGS office (Room LWH 2096).
Our minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies is an exciting new program.
Our WGS-101 Introduction to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and our WGS-210 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies each fulfill a Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement.
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, Gender and Sexuality 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.
Pictured above are WGS Students at the 2018 Chicago Women's March (left to right with graduation dates): Bri Wylie (2018), Aidé Hernandez (2018), Helen Toledo (2017), Leslie Toledo (2020), Mo Anderson (2019), Brandon Naugle (2021), Rachael Waldon (2019).