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Women’s, Gender, and Sexual Studies

  1. What is the Women’s, Gender, and Sexual Studies major?

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexual Studies (WGS) program at Wake Forest is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to examine and question cultural, biological, political, and social constructions of femininity and masculinity. WGS students learn theoretical approaches about feminism, masculinity, gender, sex, and sexuality in local, national and global contexts.  Through their coursework WGS students have extensive opportunities to hone their analytical, communication, and research skills.

In addition to curricular pursuits, WGS faculty, staff and students have a rich history of engagement in the intellectual, social, and extracurricular life of the Wake Forest campus and of the broader community.  The WGS department offers students internship opportunities, promotes service learning and activism on behalf of women’s and gay/lesbian rights, and strives for a non-gender-biased, open-minded society.

  1. What careers interest students in this major?

Careers that often interest Women’s, Gender, and Sexual Studies majors include:
Attorney
Community Center/Nonprofit Manager
Counselor
Diversity Trainer
Editor
Employer Trainer
Human Relations Specialist
Human Rights Advocate
Journalist
Labor Relations Advisor
Lobbyist
Policy Advocate
Professor
Public Health Service Officer
Public Relations Professional
Social Worker

  1. What skills are developed within this major?

Skills developed within this major include: Writing; Project planning; Interviewing; Gathering  and organizing data; Understanding of diversity; Communication; Attention to detail; and Ability to summarize information.

  1. What WGS resources are available?

Feminist Majority Foundation

Gender Equality Allies

LGBTQ Center

National Women’s Studies Association

The Women’s Center

Women for Women International

  1. Where can I get more information about the WGS major?

For more information about the WGS major, visit the WFU Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexual Studies.