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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 Fall 2016 WGST Course List can be found here.

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 (

End-Of-Year Celebration
April 29 at 3pm in the WGS office: Join us for our end-of-the-year party and celebration of graduating seniors!