Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Who We Are

UNC Asheville’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program questions and challenges assumptions and constructs about gender and sexuality that affect all lives around the globe. Emerging from an activist tradition, WGSS provides resources to the university and the community by offering an array of co-curricular activities for students and community members. We regularly bring renowned artists, academics, and activists to campus, and also host our annual F-Word Film Festival (“f” for feminist) and our biennial Queer Studies Conference.

What You’ll Learn

WGSS is an interdisciplinary program, offering core courses in WGSS and related electives from a variety of departments, including anthropology, political science, psychology, sociology, history, literature, philosophy, and more. Courses investigate the role of culture, social institutions and policy on perspectives of women, gender and sexuality in psychological, biological, social, political, literary and humanistic terms. Students are encouraged to apply their academic understanding to community action through the internship course, service learning, and volunteerism. Our students are prepared for careers in business, education, journalism, law, politics, public policy, and many other fields that require strong analytical and communication skills.

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