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    GWSS Celebrates 50 Years at UW!

    Please join us as we celebrate and look forward to 50 more years of embracing the shifting meanings and implications of gender and sexuality.

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    Committed to Social Justice

    Our courses and research projects combine scholarly inquiry and community outreach.

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    Learning through Internships

    All our majors participate in internships, reflecting our commitment to linking skills acquired in the classroom to community-based social justice practice.

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    Alumni Excellence

    Our alumni have translated their studies into successful careers in politics, law, medicine, public health, museology, academia, social policy, and more.

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    A Place of Belonging

    We respect and provide a welcoming home to all students. We invite you to discover more about our learning community.

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    Collaboration at our Core

    Our students work with faculty from departments and schools across the University’s three campuses.


Welcome to the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Through the unique perspective of gender and sexuality, our students and faculty analyze inequities in society and work toward social justice and change. We offer an undergraduate major and a minor, a robust Feminist Studies Ph.D. program, and certificate programs in Feminist Studies and Sexuality & Queer Studies.

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