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Department of Women's and Gender Studies

As a field, Women’s and Gender Studies [WGS] integrates feminist theories and practices to challenge socio-economic, philosophical, representational, and political hierarchies. WGS both contests multiple forms of oppression and transforms knowledges, institutions, policies, representations, and social relations. Via diverse methodological practices, WGS scholars investigate how gender relations and practices are embedded in, and shaped by, a wide range of social, political, material, and cultural realities.

Women’s and Gender Studies at Syracuse University emphasizes feminist intersectional and transnational teaching, research, and service. Through interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, our curriculum provides substantial training in multiracial feminist theories and methods, examines the conceptual underpinnings of multiple and interrelated forms of inequality, and emphasizes how race, ethnicity, nationality, class, age, sexuality, and different abilities not only shape ideas and practices about gender, past and present, but also impact social, political, and affective realities. Students engage in the study of women and gender intersectionally, cross-culturally, and transnationally by focusing on questions of power and injustice; social, economic, and epistemic violence; and agency and resistance.

Departmental areas of interdisciplinary specialization include: transnational, decolonial, and women of color feminisms; feminist cultural studies; comparative feminist research on gendered violence and cultures of violence; and feminist theories and practices of resistance and social change.

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Event in Honor of Retirement of WGS Professor, Minnie Bruce Pratt

Event to celebrate career of poet-activist and professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Minnie Bruce Pratt... Read More

WGS SU Abroad Summer 2015 Course in Beirut and Amman

ENG 360/730, WGS/MES/QSX 400/600: Women and Gender in the Arab World... Read More

WGS Student News

Laura Cohen, '15, WGS major, is the perfect combination... Read More

Miani Giron, ’16, WGS major, 'ain't afraid of no ghost'... Read More

Erin Carhart, '14, WGS minor, is an alumna for the ages... Read More