Women and Gender Studies

Varner Hall, Room 217
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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(248) 370-2154

WGS Scholarships & Awards

The WGS program awards the Barbara Hamilton Leadership Award, the WGS Scholastic Achievement Award, and the Mary Van Sell Scholarship to majors and minors in WGS and LGBTQ Studies. Awardees will be honored at the WGS and Googasian Awards Luncheon on March 28, 2019 at 11:30-1:00 PM in Banquet B (OC). For information on applying for the Babara Hamilton and WGS Scholastic Achievement Awards, view this flyer.  For information on applying for the Mary Van Sell Scholarship, view the application and please visit the scholarship page. The deadline for all winter 2019 scholarships is February 15. For more information about these awards, contact Valerie Palmer-Mehta at vpalmer@oakland.edu.


Women and Gender Studies Program

Welcome to Women and Gender Studies!

You might be wondering...Who Are We? 
The field of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) investigates the systems of gender, power, and representation that shape the lives of women and men, girls and boys. As an interdisciplinary field of study, WGS scholarship puts gender - what it means to be masculine or feminine - at the center of analysis. We ask such questions as: How does one's gender influence participation in the family, economy, politics, and the arts? How do language, ideology, and visual representation convey meanings about women's and men's status in society? How has that status changed historically? How does the experience of gender vary according to one's race, class, nationality, religion, and sexual identity? Through our interdisciplinary orientation linking the humanities, arts, social sciences, and education, WGS enables and inspires women and men to work together to promote social justice.

Why Should I Major in WGS? 
Deciding to major in Women and Gender Studies is an exceptional choice for those who wish to be on the forefront of a vastly changing and competitive transnational marketplace. As our culture shifts from a manufacturing to a service based economy, and as our workforce becomes more diverse, WGS majors find that they are strategically positioned to be leaders in the new economy. Additionally, WGS is an important complement to all fields and is particularly important in professions concerning people and social institutions, such as journalism, law, social work, teaching, communication, government and governmental relations, and much more. For those interested in pursuing an advanced degree, a WGS major provides excellent preparation and intellectual grounding for a variety of academic disciplines. Finally, the WGS minor complements other minors across the disciplines and provides excellent career preparation for business, criminal justice, social work, psychology and international studies majors.

If you would like more information about WGS or LGBTQ Studies, please contact Interim Director of WGS, Valerie Palmer-Mehta at vpalmer@oakland.edu.