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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

Congratulations 2020-2021 GWS Frances Holland Black Scholarship recipients!

Join us in congratulating our 2020-2021 GWS Frances Holland Black Scholarship recipients.Alex Bandong (they/them) is a sophomore double majoring ...

Gayatri Gopinath - "Promiscuous Intimacies: The Art of Shahzia Sikander"

Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies Program Presents:Gayatri Gopinath – “Promiscuous Intimacies: The Art of Shahzia Sikander”April 20th, 20...

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Online screening of Man Made

The Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Program and Belk Library presents an online screening of MAN MADE, directed by T Cooper, on March 30th...

Nirmala Erevelles - "Disability, Eco(In)justice, & Transnational Solidarities"

The Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies program presents:Nirmala Erevelles - "Disability, Eco(In)justice and Transnational Solidarities"March 18th,...

Online Screening of Transgeek and Director Q&A

Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies presents an online screening of TRANSGEEK on 23rd February, starting at 6pm, and with Director Q & A to fol...

GWS & COVID Panel Event

GWS and CovidThe Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies program invites our campus community to a faculty panel on GWS and Covid. Our panelists will d...

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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, ...