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Welcome to the Department of Women's and Gender Studies

Faculty and students in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies examine the meaning and impact of gender and sexuality across all aspects of society including politics, culture, media, transnationalism, religion, violence, social movements, public & community health, technology, and family life. Our department was the first in the state of Oklahoma to offer an undergraduate major in the discipline, and we currently offer the only WGS graduate certificate and LGBTQ Studies minor in the state.  

As interdisciplinary scholars, we strive to conduct outstanding research, creative activities, and scholarship relevant to the needs and concerns of individuals and communities in Oklahoma, the United States, and across the globe to contribute towards a more just and equitable society. We seek to educate and continue to empower our students to act as agents of change and advocates for social justice.

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies serves key constituencies across campus. As a field of study oriented toward the experiences of women, communities of color, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ people, and the pursuit of social justice, our key areas of research, teaching, and community engagement are:

- Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Research and Pedagogy
- Queer and Trans Feminist Methodologies and Theoretical Models
- Community-Engaged and Public Scholarship Utilizing Feminist and Social Justice Approaches
- Feminist Science, Health, and Technology Studies

Through coursework, service learning, and internships, our students learn critical thinking, writing, public speaking, organization, conflict resolution, and project design. The interdisciplinary and intersectional perspectives students gain in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies enable them to achieve their highest potential in their chosen field and as citizens of diverse local and global communities. Women's and Gender Studies majors and minors have found work in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, social help agencies, human rights advocacy, and victim's advocacy. Others have pursued graduate study in law, medicine, human relations, education, business, information science, communications, fine arts, and public health.