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The Center for Women's and Gender Studies

Based in the humanities and social sciences, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) offers:

Coursework in Women's and Gender Studies can lead to:

An Inter-/Multi-Disciplinary Center

The Center introduces students to rapidly expanding areas of scholarship focused upon women, men, gender and sexuality. These are transforming virtually every academic discipline today.  Through a multi- and inter-disciplinary program of study, students will explore how:

  • Women's and men's experiences within history, society, and culture are shaped by their gendered positions
  • Gender positions shape women's and men's responses to experiences
  • Institutions and structures of power relate to women and men as gendered beings
  • Women's and gender studies has influenced scholarship over the last 30 years
  • Focusing on women and gender suggests ways to rethink other scholarly fields or disciplines.

Our Mission

The Center for Women's and Gender Studies aims to promote open dialogue directed toward a vision of a world community that embraces diversity, justice, peace, and freedom - values central to a liberal education. This Center thus participates in Duquesne University's mission to provide for its students not only intellectual breadth but also a moral and ethical foundation for their lifelong personal and professional growth.