Women's and Gender Studies Program

The Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) program at Washington and Lee University offers students both the opportunity to complete a multi-disciplinary minor in feminist and gender studies, and a stimulating co-curricular environment in which to develop as intellectual and community leaders. Founded in 2001, the WGS is a vibrant academic program that links the classroom with the world and offers the theoretical basis for activism and social change.

A demanding introductory course and disciplinary distribution requirements give all students a sound theoretical orientation to defining and articulating concepts and practices in Women's and Gender Studies, while diverse course offerings from professors in disciplines that range from psychology to English, from Romance languages to political science, philosophy to sociology and anthropology, make it easy for students to draw connections between their major fields of studies and the evolving work of gender scholars. Our faculty encourages students to see their studies as relevant to their everyday lives and important for understanding and responding to social justice issues. Students do just that--in a math student's investigation into why so few women study math in college, in a fraternity member's paper analyzing how his fraternity brothers' drinking habits shape male privilege, or in a missionary's daughter's attempt to better understand how a feminist might read the Bible.

The flexible Women's and Gender Studies capstone requirement allows students to pursue their particular interests with the kind of intensity that turns classroom competence into an abiding passion.

Do you want to make audiences laugh with women's humor? Or challenge the ways in which media images invade our consciousness and control our bodies? Study women artists or find out how women changed history? Want to learn how we might get more diverse elected officials, and figure out why homophobia is still part of public policy? Or write a poem that moves its readers to action against sexist oppression? Join us. That's what we do.

Volunteer at Project Horizon

Located in Lexington, Project Horizon has volunteer/internships available for students interested in supporting clients and gaining non-profit experience. Learn more on our Opportunities for Students page.

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Gender Action Group Blog

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Facing Project founders talk

Don’t miss what is sure to be a great talk on the power of storytelling from The Facing Project founders themselves.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Black Girl’s History with Southern Frat Racism

This young woman’s experience at Transylvania University is not only poignant and compelling, but also at times alarmingly applicable to Washington and Lee.  Read the essay here: http://www...

Friday, March 20, 2015

“A Stronger, Loving World”

Please take the time to read the powerful message that W&L Senior Ryan Scott delivered at Take Back the Night earlier this evening: A Stronger, Loving World  Sexual assault is an issue surrounded...