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Welcome to the website of Appalachian's Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies (GWS) program! Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that critically engages beliefs, attitudes, assumptions, and norms about gender, women, and sexuality and their intersections with other axes of difference including race, ability, nationality, and class. Studying GWS equips students with critical analytical skills necessary to understand how power works in national and transnational contexts and to address and offer creative solutions to issues of equity, diversity, and social justice in our world today.

Appalachian's Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies Program is an interdisciplinary degree-granting program housed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. Our faculty represent diverse disciplines, departments, and colleges on campus. At the undergraduate level, we offer a GWS B.A., a GWS minor, a Girls' Studies minor, and an LGBT Studies minor. At the graduate level, we offer a 12-hour graduate certificate and a 9-hour graduate minor in GWS.

We are proud to be the oldest program in the UNC system and the second oldest in the state. Students who major, minor, and take courses in GWS acquire critical skills and insight that will equip them to become leaders and pursue their dreams for a more just, inclusive world. GWS students transform themselves, their workplaces, and their communities!

For more information about Appalachian's Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies program, contact gws@appstate.edu.

News

GWS Fall Open House Poster

Fall 2020 Open House

Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies invites interested and current students to an Open House on the 7th of October from 3pm-4pm hosted on Zoom. ...

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GWS Major Katie Williard awarded Sally A. Callegari Memorial Scholarship

Katie Williard, a sophomore double majoring in Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies and Psychology with a minor in Animal Studies, has been awarded t...

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CANCELED - Dr, Shatema Threadcraft to speak as part of University Forum Series

Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies presents "Redistributing Narrative Capital: Lynching, Rape and Stories of Black Peoplehood" a lecture by Dr. ...

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CANCELED - Recruitment Event

Interested in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies? Learn more about our classes and meet current students! Learn about the GWS major, minors, ...

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Carceral Feminism Panel - October 21

Department of Sociology, Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies Program, and Common Reading Program present: Feminism's Alliance with Police, Pris...

Dr. Celeste Montoya: "From Seneca to Shelby: Intersectionality and Women's Voting Rights."

Part of the University Forum Lecture Series: Appalachian Celebrates the 19th Amendment, 125 Years of Women's SuffrageOctober 17, 2019, 7-9 pmBelk Libr...

Janet R. Jakobsen, Chair and Claire Tow Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. Photo Submitted.

Dr. Janet Jakobsen to speak during GWS Lecture Series

Sex and Suffrage: A Politics of PossibilityJanet R. Jakobsen, Chair and Claire Tow Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard Colle...

GWS Fall 2019 Lecture Series

Fall 2019 Lecture Series Wednesday, September 11 - Belinda Walzer, Assistant Professor of English, Affiliate Faculty of Gender, Women’s, and Se...

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Lola Benfield - 2019 Frances Holland Black Scholarship Recipient

Lola Benfield, a graduate student in Political Science at Appalachian State University from Morganton, North Carolina, has been named the winner of th...

GWS Seniors Present Capstone Research

On May 2nd, 2019, we celebrated the research of our graduating seniors enrolled in GWS 4301: Postcolonial and Decolonial Feminisms. The following stud...