Welcome

The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program at Northern Arizona University is an engaging community focused on a critical analysis of social structures, intersectionality, and oppression. We offer a Bachelor's Degree, a WGS Minor, a Queer Studies Minor, and a Graduate Certificate.

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 societal engagement. 

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 world

• learn practical skills to implement social change

  • degrees
    degrees

    Degrees and programs

    Develop your course of study around topics like gender identities, women’s history, race, class, nationality, sexual identities, and more. 

  • Donors
    Donors

    Donors

    Donate to the WGS Program and contribute to the future generation of leaders in women’s and gender studies. 

  • Community
    Community

    Community

    Get involved by joining clubs and organizations, attending events, and participating in activities.


Is Women’s and Gender Studies right for you?

  1. Do you want a welcoming environment where you work with others to challenge the status quo?
  2. Do you want to study and understand patterns of social change that will prepare you to make a difference in the world after graduation?
  3. Do you want to understand peoples' diverse histories and experiences?
  4. 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.