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Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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Explore the dynamic interplay of gender, race, ethnicity and social class.

The Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies is one of the first and leading programs in the country devoted to the study of gender and sexuality. All undergraduate majors complete an internship and senior capstone course — part of our commitment to connecting writing and critical thinking skills to community-based social justice practice. The Feminist Studies Ph.D. program has a research-intensive social science emphasis unique in women studies. Consistent with our interdisciplinary focus, our faculty conduct scholarship across a wide range of areas in the humanities and social sciences.   

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11 Simpson Center for the Humanities faculty and student awards since 2017

Careers

Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies alumnx have pursued careers in academia, politics, law, medicine, public health, museology, research and social policy. In keeping with our commitment to social justice, alumnx also volunteer in crucial organizations such as women’s health clinics, drop-in centers for lesbian and gay youth, and domestic violence shelters.

Career Paths

A Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies degree can lead to a career as a(n):

  • Advocacy trainer 
  • Community organizer
  • Mental health counselor
  • Health care professional 
  • Historian 
  • Journalist 
  • Librarian 
  • Lobbyist  
  • Educator
  • Program coordinator
  • Public policy consultant 
  • Social services researcher 
  • Social worker
  • Women’s health advocate
Girl in a Coma Oral History Interview. Photo by Scott Macklin

Girl in a Coma oral history interview. Photo by Scott Macklin.

Making scenes and building communities

The Womxn Who Rock Community Research Project brings together musicians, media-makers, artists, scholars and activists to explore the role of women and popular music in the formation of social justice movements. Started in 2010, the project is an ongoing collaboration among UW faculty, graduate students, community members, and worldwide scholars of gender, race and sexuality.

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Find Yourself in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Analyze society from the perspective of gender and sexuality. Apply what you learn to support positive social change.

Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Stories

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Art that Heals — with Joy

Doctoral student Iris Viveros Avendano explores the role of fandango in resistance and healing from collective trauma.

Kemi Adeyemi and artist shawne michaelain holloway with students.

Exploring Blackness through Art

The Black Embodiments Studio examines how definitions of blackness are produced and expressed through the arts.

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Renaissance Art to Theoretical Physics

Four graduate students are receiving the A&S Graduate Medal along with their PhDs.