Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program at Northern
Arizona University is a community focused on and engaged with a critical analysis
of social structures, intersectionality, and oppression. We offer
a Bachelor's Degree, a WGS Minor, a Queer Studies Minor, and a
In the WGS program, you will examine identities, including gender,
class, race, sexuality, nationality, citizenship status, and disability.
These identities are contextualized within institutional systems and on
a global scale. You will learn how these identities and systems were
constructed, how they affect people, and how change occurs.
With small classes, dedicated faculty, internship opportunities, and an
interdisciplinary class selection, students in the WGS program can expect
personal attention and opportunities to incorporate their own topics of
interest. Classes often include in-depth discussions, activism projects,
art creation, literature, media, practical applications, and
WGS graduates have gone on to use their skills in a variety of areas,
including work within non-profit careers, domestic violence shelters,
sexual assault prevention education, LGBTQA centers, indigenous
rights organizations, art and media, healthcare, politics, law,
business, and more.
Identities and institutions permeate every aspect of society, and
knowledge about them will be relevant to any area you go into. A WGS
degree can easily be combined with any other degree, fulfilling
liberal arts requirements while also attaining a deeper theoretical
analysis of society.
Our program will teach you how to:
• apply your knowledge in practical ways including
understanding social movements and interpreting public policy
• understand different kinds of feminist theories and the
debates among them
• expand your awareness of core national and global issues
and how gender, race, sexuality, ability, and class are embedded in them
• gain insight into how the world works including
deconstructing patriarchy, privilege, and power
• take action in the world for social justice and equality
and understanding resistance strategies in communities
• follow your passion and make a lasting difference in the
• learn practical skills to implement social change
Degrees and programs
Develop your course of study around topics like gender identities, women’s history, race, class, nationality, sexual identities, and more.
Donate to the WGS Program and contribute to the future generation of leaders in women’s and gender studies.
Get involved by joining clubs and organizations, attending events, and participating in activities.
Is Women’s and Gender Studies right for you?
- Do you want a welcoming environment where you work with others to challenge the status quo?
- Do you want to study and understand patterns of social change that will prepare you to make a difference in the world after graduation?
- Do you want to understand peoples' diverse histories and experiences?
- Do you want to hone the
requisite skills that will help you navigate the complexities of our social, political,
and cultural landscapes on local, national, and global levels?
If you answered yes to any of these
questions, then a Women's and Gender Studies Major, one of our Minors, or the
Graduate Certificate may be right for you.