Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies home

WGS Profiles

View WGS Profiles ...

Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
at Miami University

About Us

Participants in 2008 Fall Reception photoThe Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at Miami University is a dynamic, interdisciplinary program that investigates how our lives are affected by gender race, class, age, sexuality, religion, (dis)ability, gender identity, and nationality. WGS emphasizes the importance of understanding gender and sexuality as elements of wider social and political structures of power, knowledge, experience, culture, embodiedness, intimacy, and labor. WGS courses are organized around contemporary feminist research and theory, and focus intersectionally on women, gender, and sexuality as subjects of inquiry. Our coursework also focuses on how theory and practice come together. Students may choose from courses spanning departments, disciplines, divisions and ideologies. In WGS, students find an active and supportive community, close interaction with faculty, opportunities to take on leadership roles, and an academic program that allows them to cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries. With 9 core faculty members and over 50 affiliates, the Women's Studies program at Miami University integrates expertise in virtually every field of human endeavor.

Why Take Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies?

The WGS curriculum is flexible and innovative, providing a strong liberal arts and cutting edge interdisciplinary education that prepares our students for meaningful life and work in the 21st century. Majors take four core courses and 18 additional units in WGS or WGS crosslisted courses. The flexibility of the major requirements encourages students to design a program to suit their needs and interests and makes it possible to pursue a minor or double major. A participant in the American Association of Universities "Shared Futures: General Education for a Global Century" Initiative, the WGS Program emphasizes critical thinking, personal and intellectual development, accountable local and global citizenship, and engaged learning. WGS students draw on interdisciplinary scholarship to analyze how cultural institutions, social structures, and systems of representation situate persons differentially according to their social position in complex networks of power, privilege, disenfranchisement, and marginalization. Working with faculty who are especially knowledgeable about intersectional gender and sexuality issues, students gain the ability to think through the personal, academic, and policy questions they confront regularly as they live in a culture shaped by the forces about which they are learning.

Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies graduates gain knowledge, self-awareness, intercultural competency, and breadth of perspective, which are valuable in their own right and which public service organizations, private industry, government, and graduate schools need. And the employment picture is bright: comparisons of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies graduates with female college graduates nationwide show an edge for WGS students in both traditional and non-traditional career fields. Recent graduates have gone on to law school, graduate school in many fields, public service and private sector careers, political leadership positions, and teaching in both K-12 and higher education. And the employment picture is bright: comparisons of women's studies program graduates with female college graduates nationwide show an edge for women's studies in both traditional and non-traditional career fields.

Masters and doctoral students who earn a Graduate Concentration in Women's Studies may also gain an advantage in a highly competitive job market. In the worlds of business, public service, government, education, and fine arts, job candidates with knowledge of how gender and cultural difference function in their area of expertise may stand out in a crowded field. Perhaps even more important may be the intellecutally stimulating experience of thinking across and outside the disciplinary parameters of a specialized area of study. Sharing these inquiries with students from other fields creates a rich supplement to a discipline-centered degree program.

Student Awards

The WGS Program sponsors an essay contest each year in the late spring to recognize outstanding student work in the area of women's studies. Prizes are awarded to the best essay written by a graduating senior in the program and for the best paper by any other graduate. The program also supports womanist/feminist work done outside of the classroom. Funds are made available through the Women's Studies Memorial Award to support work done in the spirit of previous Women's Studies affiliates who have died, in order that their contributions to women's well being might be perpetuated.

Karen Maitland Schilling Prize

On May 6, 2011, the WGS Program announced the endowment, by an anonymous donor, of the Karen Maitland Schilling Prize.

Mission

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Miami University is a dynamic, interdisciplinary program that investigates how our lives are affected by gender, race, class, age, sexuality, religion, (dis)ability, gender identity, and nationality. Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies emphasizes the importance of understanding gender as a part of wider social and political structures of power, knowledge, experience, culture, embodiedness, intimacies, and labor. Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses are organized around contemporary feminist research and theory, and focus intersectionally on women, gender, and sexuality as subjects of inquiry. Our coursework also focuses on how theory and practice come together. Students may choose from courses spanning departments, disciplines, divisions and ideologies. The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program provides a context in which women's work and women's issues are explored in-depth, celebrating women's creativity, women's lives, and women's work. In Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, students find an active and supportive community, close interaction with faculty, opportunities to take on leadership roles, and an academic program that allows them to cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries. With nine core faculty members and over 40 affiliates, the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Miami University integrates expertise in virtually every field of human endeavor.

In addition, the program responds to specific University goals for student learning by:

  • promoting critical and creative thinking
  • facilitating engaged learning
  • providing opportunities for undergraduate research
  • emphasizing strong written and oral communication skills
  • fostering leadership skills and opportunities

The program with its major, minor, graduate certificate and Miami Plan courses and sequences, is integral to Miami's commitment to community diversity, transnational perspectives, and academic excellence.

 

© 2014 Miami University | 501 East High Street | Oxford, Ohio 45056 | 513.529.1809
Equal opportunity in education and employment | Privacy Statement
Web page comments: casweb@MiamiOH.edu | Trouble viewing this page? accessibility@MiamiOH.edu