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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.

We have over 100 affiliated faculty members who come from numerous departments across the university. Women's and Gender Studies students learn a variety of skills including critical thinking, writing, public speaking, organization, conflict resolution, diversity training and project design. The interdisciplinary and global perspective students gain in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies enables them to achieve their highest potential in their chosen field of study and as citizens of the global community. Women's and Gender Studies majors and minors are well-prepared and sought after for work in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, social help agencies, human rights advocacy, and victim's advocacy, as well as graduate study in law, medicine, human relations, education, business, information science, communications, fine arts, public health, and many other fields.