About Us

Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that investigates how gender and sexuality operate as organizing axes of social, cultural, economic, and political institutions, as well as in the everyday lives and cultural products of people who must live within them. Emphasizing the importance of historical and cross-cultural perspectives, the Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies Department at UMBC critically examines the intersections of gender and sexuality with other differences, including class, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, and ability to make visible structures of power that otherwise remain hidden.

Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies offers a major, undergraduate certificate, and two minors, Gender + Women’s Studies and Critical Sexuality Studies.

As a Department, GWST is deeply committed to social justice, both at UMBC and around the world. Our growing list of departmental commitments is available here.