Women and Gender Studies

Integrating first-hand research and scholarship related to issues of gender, the women and gender studies program is based on the principles of social justice established by the founding organization of Webster University, the Sisters of Loretto.

This is an interdisciplinary program that takes an intersectional, transnational, feminist approach to the study of women, gender, and sexuality. The program investigates how assumptions about gender and sexuality inform social, cultural, and political practices that both reproduce and resist hierarchies of power. Courses examine the intersections of gender and sexuality with other significant categories and identities such as race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, ability, nationality, immigrant status, and body size. Through a student-centered approach, faculty inspire students to engage with local, national, and international communities to effect social justice. Students can earn a major or minor in WGST, or a minor in LGBTQ studies.

Careers in Women and Gender Studies

Webster University graduates are prepared for employment in a range of fields like international nongovernmental organizations, local and national non-profit organizations, the criminal justice system, social and human service programs, and Fortune 500 corporations.

Points of Distinction

  • Students engage with local questions in a global context in classes such as Gender, Justice, and Human Rights or Cross-Cultural Masculinities.
  • Curriculum gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience in classes such as Women and Gender in Social Justice Organizations or Women and Gender Studies Practicum.
  • A capstone course gives students experience conducting an original research project.

Women and Gender Studies Academic Programs

To read about specific program requirements, learning outcomes and how to apply, click on a program from the following list:

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