Undergraduate & Graduate Program
“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”
- June Jordan
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 experiences, past and present
- To make women visible in their similarities and differences
- To value personal experience as a way of knowing
- To create new knowledge about women and apply it to personal, political, and institutional change
- To strengthen the links among women and among women’s programs in the community and on campus
- To empower women by increasing choices in all women’s lives
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Programs
- Minor in Women’s Studies
- International Affairs/Women’s Studies (WST)
- Graduate Specializations in Women’s Studies
- Women’s Studies Major Proposal (implemented in 1997, PDF File)
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Courses and Electives
- WST Undergraduate Courses
- WST Graduate Courses
- Approved Departmental Electives
- WST Courses that meet General Education Requirements
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