School of Interdisciplinary Studies Women's, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesCollege of Liberal Arts

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

As a student in the  Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program you will learn to critically assess the historical and social context and meanings attached to the categories of “man” and “woman” as well as the importance of gender identities that exist outside and beyond that dichotomy. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to examine systematically the role and politics of sexuality and to interrogate the discriminatory practices disadvantaging those who reject or fall outside of compulsory heteronormativity. Our program sponsors student engagement on issues central to feminism, promotes equality for all people regardless of the way they express their gender or sexuality, and nurtures academic research and scholarly inquiry that supports these core values.

Coming Up...What You Need To Know For 2018!

March 8th:  International Women's Day 6:00pm - Film Screening "Confirmation" in Lawson 1142

March 21 - 23:  Breaking Bias:  Leadership Excellence and Gender in Organizations Conference

March 23rd:  CANCELLED Brown Bag

March 23:  Natalie Coughlin Keynote

March 28th:  Art + Feminism Wikipedia Session (RSVP requested), STEW 142

April 5th:  Brown Bag featuring Professor Ashley Purpura 1:30 - 2:45 KRCH 270

April 12th:  CDRI and WGSS Spring Awards Ceremony

April 19th:  Take Back the Night 6:30 pm - Slayter Center

Principles and Mission Statement 

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program seeks to produce, promote, and advance knowledge, scholarship, theory, research, pedagogy, education, and action in the service of three overlapping feminist goals: understanding and improving women’s lives and status; revealing the operations and consequences of gender, sexuality, and other critical axes of identity and power relations such as race, class, ethnicity, nationality, age, ability, etc., as constitutive and intertwined elements of sociality; and eliminating discriminatory practices and inequalities based on gender, sexual orientation, and other critical axes of identity such as race, class, ethnicity, nationality, age, ability, etc.  Courses systematically address these intersections and women’s experiences in both U.S. and global contexts and from multi-cultural perspectives.  Our curriculum is committed to training students to achieve a scholarly level of understanding of commonality, difference, and diversity through interdisciplinary courses that lead to an undergraduate major and minor, a graduate minor, and an undergraduate minor in Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Studies.  In all of its guidelines, procedures, operations, and activities, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program is committed to acting in accordance with the feminist goals and vision expressed above.

Women's Research and Policy Center Mission Statement

The Women's Research and Policy Center was established to complement the teaching strengths of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and to promote faculty and graduate students engagement in funded research, cross-disciplinary and international collaborations, consultancies, and policy dialogues. Launching tomorrow's feminist leaders by promoting feminist inquiry and research comprise the twinned objectives of the Center. The Center will respond to national and international demand for academic and policy-oriented research on issues central to the study of women, gender, and sexuality in ways that serve to enhance the University's global profile as well as recognize and nurture the leadership skills of women faculty and students at Purdue.

Course Information

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Women's Studies Major

Women's Studies Minor

LGBT Studies Minor

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