Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Western Washington University’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program draws on interdisciplinary research and teaching to analyze the formation of sex, gender, and sexuality as they intersect with race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, and ability. Our program encourages theory and praxis that critically considers global and local communities in efforts to revise, re-envision, and reimagine social change. The WGSS major provides students with the skills to critically and actively engage with the world around them. Our plan of study equips students in various ways: to understand, apply, analyze, and critique key concepts and theoretical positions in feminist, gender, sexuality, and queer studies; to assess and denaturalize identities and experiences as embedded in and produced by interlocking and intersectional systems of power and inequalities; to integrate feminist, gender and queer analysis into a variety of scholarly, social, political, creative, and activist practices.
Why Consider a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major?
Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Dr. Vicki Hsueh
Arntzen Hall 405 MS 9082
Office hours by appointment
Kim Kolb Ayre
Environmental Studies 603 MS 9099
The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program prepares students with a solid foundation to pursue careers in fields such as law, social service, counseling, public policy, health care, teaching, and the arts. We also give students a strong foundation for pursuing graduate work in women and gender studies, as well as in such disciplines as political science, communication studies, literature, journalism, history, cultural studies, law, education, policy, and social welfare.
How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
Students who wish to declare a major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are required to register with the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies office. For program advisement, contact Professor Hsueh, Arntzen Hall 405, 360-650-2649, Vicki.Hsueh@wwu.edu.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.