WGSS has existed in some form at Williams for over 30 years. Women’s Studies was formalized into a program in 1983, and name changes over the years have reflected increasing attention in the interdisciplinary field to issues of gender and sexuality studies. We have offered a major since 2002, and have graduated over 300 majors and concentrators since the program was established.
WGSS Learning Objectives
- We teach students to understand and critique the formation of categories of gender, gender identity, and sexuality as they function in social, economic, cultural, and/or political contexts; and as they intersect with other categories of difference such as race, ethnicity, class, nationality, and ability.
- We teach students to read, understand, and evaluate the historical development of feminist and queer theories and scholarship; to engage in critical debates about those theories and that scholarship; and to apply feminist and queer critical perspectives to new questions across disciplines.
- We teach students to communicate effectively using gender- and sexuality-based frames of analysis as a tool for academic research, creative production, collaborative work, and practices of social change.