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Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies


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    Mary Graydon, Room 327

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  • Crystal Shatzer Espie appointed to DC Commission for Women.

    WGSS Major Joins
    D.C. Commission

    Crystal Shatzer Espie is one of the youngest appointed members to the D.C. Commission for Women.

  • WGSS Advising Resources

    WGSS Advising Resources

  • Lauren Weis, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program director.

    New WGSS Director

    Lauren Weis joins the Women’s, Gender, and
    Sexuality Studies Program as new director.

  • Iota Iota Iota at American University

    WGSS Honor Society

    The Gamma Beta chapter of
    Iota Iota Iota inducted
    16 students as founding
    members in spring 2012.

  • Kathleen McKenna and Carmen Rios are the first two recipients of the WGSS Feminist Research Award


    Kathleen McKenna and
    Carmen Rios are first
    recipients of WGSS
    Program Research Award.

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS) is an interdisciplinary program encompassing feminist studies, masculinity studies, and sexuality studies. The program is committed to a multicultural curriculum that sustains and integrates diverse perspectives. WGSS courses emphasize participatory education in which student involvement, critical thinking, and personal insight are encouraged and made relevant in the learning process. Students who major or minor in WGSS gain experience off-campus in the nation’s capital through an internship placement in an organization or agency whose mission embraces some aspect of women’s/gender/sexuality studies.

A degree in WGSS opens the door to a variety of challenging careers in a wide spectrum of occupations. An undergraduate education in WGSS also equips students with a range of skills which are highly valued in the 21st century labor force. The curriculum prepares students for graduate study in the fields of women’s / gender / sexuality studies or for advanced study in traditional disciplines and professional fields. AU students can combine graduate-level coursework in WGSS theory, current issues and research with a program of study in a traditional discipline leading to the MA or PhD degree. Participating graduate programs include anthropology, art, communication, economics, education, government, history, international relations, literature, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.


Grad Certificate
WGSS Grad Certificate available

New Advising Resources
See WGSS Courses page

WGSS announces new Honor Society, Iota Iota Iota. Please direct questions to wgss@american.edu


Together with the Women’s Studies International database, the GenderWatch subscription ensures that AU researchers have comprehensive access to the published scholarship of gender issues relating to women and beyond.




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