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Women, Gender, and Sexuality

The Interdepartmental program known as Women’s Studies is now closed.  Women, Gender, and Sexuality replaces, updates, and expands upon the former Women’s Studies program

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is a major dedicated to the study of how gender and sexuality shape the past, present, and future of human cultures and societies. Our interdisciplinary curriculum trains students in critical studies of the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, and other dimensions of difference. Our courses provide students with a wide variety of methodological skills and perspectives with which to conduct their own research, creative activity, and activism. 

The WGS program is an inclusive and updated program for the 21st century.  While the older Women’s Studies program centered on women’s issues in particular, our new WGS program is dedicated to welcoming all members of our academic community and to studying issues pertinent to men, women, LGBTQIA+, and intersectionality.  Further, our courses are fused with a wide variety of disciplines across the College of Arts & Sciences and adopt an exciting range of approaches that can appeal to a diverse array of student interests.  

Please review our our new offerings to get a sense of how WGS might engage you and your interests. 

Please address inquiries to Dr. Rachel May Golden, Chair, Interdisciplinary Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, rmgolden@utk.edu, 865-974-8054.