Welcome to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University!

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS) Department at Wake Forest University offers all students rigorous academic courses that examine and question cultural, biological, political, and social constructions of femininity and masculinity. Our Department is interdisciplinary in content and approach. 

Whether you enroll in a course that explores the history, literature, or issues of women, a class devoted to the sociology or politics of gender, or studies in masculinity, or the gay and lesbian community, you will find yourself in the company of teachers and learners who encourage critical thinking and dialogue.




A Message from WGS Faculty:

Since the Women’s March in Washington, now, more than ever, as feminist scholars at Wake Forest University, we are deeply committed to building a community that embraces people of different beliefs and practices, including our Muslim neighbors and friends. This work is particularly important in the present political climate where segments of the American populace have been pitted against one another. Together with our Muslim partners at Wake Forest we will remain unequivocally steadfast in opposing Islamophobia and in keeping the doors of dialogue open in order to foster a local and global community; we will also seek new ways to share our resources of feminist education, formation, and social justice action; we will actively promote a positive vision of our common humanity and the dignity of difference. While free political and cultural debate is a vital element in our democracy, we stand alongside those who have been made vulnerable or cast out of our communities because of their religion, as well as those who have been denied spaces for prayer, reflection, study, and community building. As part of our mission in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, we value intersectionality as a method for building coalitions among different groups, and tirelessly working toward social justice in defense of diversity, mutual respect, inclusion, and free inquiry.

-WGS 221:  Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Now Counts for the Division I Requirement!
-WGS welcomes new assistant professor, Jieun Lee!
-WGS Fall 2018 Course List is Now Available
-WGS Faculty Release Statement Against Islamophobia
-WGS condemns the instances of white supremacy and domestic terrorism that took place in Charlottesville, VA

Upcoming Events:

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Cross-list a course with WGS
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