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Welcome to the Department of Women's and Gender Studies

The OU Women’s and Gender Studies Department was the first in the state of Oklahoma to offer an undergraduate major in the discipline. Students in Women's and Gender Studies explore the operations of power through the workings of gender and sexuality as understood across cultures and history. Women’s and Gender Studies courses employ intersectional perspectives in the study of such diverse phenomena as music, art, war, political activism, religion, communication, family life, and popular culture.

Through coursework, service learning and internships our students learn critical thinking, writing, public speaking, organization, conflict resolution, and project design. The transdisciplinary 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.