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

Meet Maine's Law Firm Serving Low-Income Defendants

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023, in the Bangor Room in Memorial Union from 11-12pm

Join us to learn about Maine Indigent Defense Center with speakers Emily Goulette the DIrector of Policy of Development, and Jenna Zawislak the Staff Attorney at MIDC
MIDC is Maine’s only provate law firm practicing soley court-appointed crominal defense cases for indigent defendants.  MIDC staff will be discussing Maines current indigent defense system, the ongoing fight of indigent defense attornys in Maine, and what interested students can do to get involved.
Coffee and cookies will be provided.

THURSDAY, October 5th: 4 to 5 pm

 Multicultural Student Room (Memorial Union Room 312). Co-hosted with UMaine Student Life

TOPIC: Roundtable discussion on Feminist Perspectives in Latin America with Professors in Modern Language, Dr. Carlos Villacorta and Dr. Zach Ludington

WGS @ Work Series Past Events/Discussions

Critical Generosity in the Post-Quarantine Writing Classroom

Tuesday, September 12, 2023,  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in the Bangor Room in Memorial Union. 

This event will be led by Dr. Lesley Erin Bartlett of Iowa State Unversity

WGS and STEM/Disability Studies

March 27th, 2023, Monday, 2-3pm

Bangor Room Memorial Union

A roundtable discussion features four faculty members from STEM-related fields. The discussion will lead to the differences between the Stem Fields and more. Questions of what feminist/gender/queer methods of analysis bring to scientific research and more. 


Wednesday, February 15th, 1-2pm, Coe Room Memorial Union

This discussion is with 4 principals from different schools. They discuss what drew them to a leadership position. Why gender and sex discrimination remain an important issue for Maine educators in a leadership position?

The Fathers Embrace: Translation Spanish Fiction into English

Join us in the Bangor Room in Memorial Union on November 7th, 2022 from 12-1 pm.

Will discuss Carlos Villiacorta and his work as a creative writer and answer questions of the potential sexism in the translation of his work. 


The Mabel Wadsworth Center and Aspen Ruhlin

September 20th, 2022, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm will be via zoom

Topics will be LGBTQ+ health, sexual & reproductive care, and intersections of direct health services and community engagement. 

“Feminism is for everybody.”
bell hooks