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Undergraduate & Graduate Program

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”

- June Jordan

Mission Statement:

Gender and sexuality are fundamental categories of social organization and power. Our program examines gender and sexuality as they intersect with race, ethnicity, class, nationality, dis/ability, and other sites of social inequality. Our students critique and evaluate these relations of power within a transnational context. As a discipline grounded in women’s studies, we seek to make visible women’s contributions and struggles. We affirm a feminist commitment to social justice and engaged citizenship. Feminist and queer theories inform our work as we collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to transform knowledge, practices, and institutions.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.     Analyze the workings of sex, gender, and sexuality using a variety of disciplinary approaches.

2.     Understanding commonalities and differences among feminist theory, gender theory, and queer theory.

3.     Critique social institutions, organizations, and practices using feminist, gender, and queer theories.

4.     Recognize women’s contributions and struggles in a transnational and historical context.

5.     Articulate the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with other sites of social inequality, such as race, ethnicity, class, nationality, and dis/ability.

6.     Engage in experiences that apply theoretical frameworks to social action.


Program requirements: 33 total sch; 15 sch core courses, 3 sch practicum/internship, 15 sch WGS electives.

The goals of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program are:

  • To teach and learn about all women’s and men’s experiences, past and present
  • To make all people visible in their similarities and differences
  • To value personal experience as a way of knowing
  • To create new knowledge about women and men, applying it to personal, political, and institutional change
  • To strengthen the links among women, men and among programs in the community and on campus
  • To empower women and men by increasing choices in all people’s lives

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Programs

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality  Courses and Electives

WGS Faculty

Women’s Resources and Organizations at the University of Maine

Maine Feminist Oral History Project:

Article from Voice: The Journal of the Battered Women’s Movement “Spruce Run and the Politics of Empowerment” (PDF)
by Mazie Hough, Ann Schonberger, and the Feminist Oral History Project