This spring, we are thrilled to launch two related curricular developments: our new Department Partnership Initiative and revised requirements for both the Major and Minor! Both bring more flexibility and diversity to our program of study, helping to ease the way for students across the university (and with majors as diverse as Microbiology, Nursing, and History) to more easily pick up a WGS minor or double-major. Keep reading if you want to learn more!

Welcome to WGS!

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program with contributions from faculty across campus and beyond. Our alumni are employed in social service work, health services occupations, business, law, education, and government at all levels.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is also an excellent second major or minor for students in a wide variety of disciplines, such as anthropology, biology, mathematics and statistics,  nursing, political science, psychology, political science, sociology, English, social work, and history.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies students gain a more complete understanding of how the social construction of gender has influenced the roles, contributions, and experiences of both women and men in many different cultures, now and in the past.  Such awareness can help them better understand our contemporary world with its changing roles for all.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies helps orient students to:

•   better understand our contemporary world with its changing roles for all;

•   appreciate the complexity of how gender interacts with race, social class, sexual orientation, and other forms of diversity;

•   draw connections between Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and other disciplines across the university;

•   appreciate how scholarship in WGS Studies informs activism and social change, historically and in the present;

•   develop the critical intellectual capacity and communication skills to work with, value and improve the lives of others in whatever public or private spheres they choose.


WGS @ Work Series Come see what Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program has to offer with our "WGS @ Work Series (Click on to get more details)

Upcoming Events

WGS WORK SERIES: "Queer Stories Tell the Truth" Portrait Exhibit: Q&A with Connie Carter

THURS, February 1st, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in the Bangor Room, Memorial Union. 

Connie Carter is the Director of Education for Americans Who Tell the Truth. This position encompasses multiple roles from creating new curriculum and relationships with schools and educators to interviewing living portrait subjects for AWTT’s Speaking Truth to Youth project. Connie is one of the planning team creating the vision for the Queer Stories Tell the Truth exhibit displayed in multiple locations on campus and in downtown Orono*. She has helped plan the panel presentation and workshops and is the local coordinator for portrait exhibit locations and community involvement. 


"Queer Stories Tell the Truth " a Portrait Exhibit

TUESDAY, January 23, 2024, 7 pm- 8:30 pm, Orono Performing Arts Center

This will be followed by the WGS at Work Series Feb 1st, 2024

Hear LGBTQIA+ folks tell their stories, the relationship between queer identity and faith, and how we can build a community that supports and nurtures all people. 


Traveling Exhibit: Abortion Stories to Foster Understanding, Empathy and Compassion"

Opening Reception Sunday February 4th, 2024, 3:00 pm @ the Wilson Center

Through photos and narrative, Focus on Abortionshares human stories related to abortion.  The project is intended to encourage discussion. Displayed Jan 29th- Feb 23, 2024

Interfaith Luncheon - Abortion Stories to Foster Understanding, Empathy and Compassion

Interfaith Luncheon Thursday Feb. 8th, 11:30 to 1:00 pm

Dinner and Dialog, Abortion Stories to Foster Understanding, Empathy and Compassion.

Dinner and Dialogue, Thursday, Feb. 15th 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Wilson Center

WGS @ Work Series Past Events/Discussions

Past Events/Discussions

“Feminism is for everybody.”
bell hooks