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Women's and Gender Studies

Why should we study motherhood? What about sexuality, or masculinity?  Check out the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the College of Charleston.  If you want to examine society and history through a nontraditional lens, this discipline is for you.

Our program explores the intersections of gender, class, race, ethnicity, age, religion, ability, and sexuality. Through the College of Charleston's Women's and Gender Studies minor or major, you will be able to devote yourself to the study of women and gender in different cultures, contexts, and time periods. We discuss complex cultural issues—from historical to contemporary controversies—and teach students to think on their feet and develop a range of analytical approaches.

But most importantly, the experience and knowledge you will gain by choosing the minor or major in Women's and Gender Studies can give you a distinct advantage for future employment or graduate study.  Not only does this program introduce you to relevant social issues, it also fosters critical thinking, develops strong verbal writing and research skills, encourages social advocacy, emphasizes diversity, and gives you valuable, real-life experience.

Program News and Events

The Spring 2016 WGST Course List can be found here.

WGS Affiliate Meeting and Social
Wednesday January 13, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., 9 College Way, 2nd Floor Conference Room
We will be talking about WGS programming and events, new initiatives, and funding opportunities for WGS faculty. It will be a chance to meet other WGS affiliates and socialize.
Lecture: Sarah Haley, “The Carceral Life of Gender: Convict Labor, Jim Crow Modernity, and Black Feminist Refusal”
Tuesday, January 19, 6:00 pm, Robert Scott Small 235
For more information: Dr. Mari Crabtree (
Lecture: Dr. Bill Hoffman to talk on “Gender and Asylum in the U.S. Immigration System”
Wednesday January 20, 4:00 p.m. Location TBA.
For more information: Dr. Tim Carmichael (
Yes! I’m a Feminist

Tuesday, February 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cistern Yard
A fundraiser put on by the WGS Community Advisory Board. The proceeds benefit the Yes! I’m a Feminist foundation account that allows WGS to do a great deal of funding, from funding WGS faculty who have done research and Ghana and England, to providing money so that students can attend conferences and create academic and activist projects. The Facebook page is For more information: Dr. Alison Piepmeier (
Start Smart Workshop : “Preparing Students for Salary Negotiations”
Thursday, March 24, 4:00 p.m.,  Location TBA
Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC) is sponsoring Gender Equity Week March 21-25th. This workshop was offered in the fall and again offered this semester.  $tart $mart, a program developed by the W.A.G.E. Project and the American Association of University Women, teaches students about the gender pay gap, its causes, and how to negotiate to be paid fairly for what you are worth. Check for details:  For more information: Dr. Kristi Brian (
The 5th Annual Student Diversity Conference
Saturday, April 16, 9:00 to 3:00 p.m., Stern Center
A full schedule of events will be updated at For more information: Office of Institutional Diversity (