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The Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is home to a leading Ph.D. program, a vibrant undergraduate curriculum, and accomplished scholars who work across disciplines

The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at Emory University is proud to support a generous and pluralistic understanding of the academic field of women’s studies in its teaching, research, and public scholarship.

Our vision is to bridge the worlds of theory and social justice that exist both inside and outside the classroom. We are dedicated to training our undergraduate and graduate students to apply these theories to their own scholarship and to prepare them for meaningful and successful careers.

Our department foregrounds interdisciplinary analyses of sex, gender, and sexuality through feminist, queer, and trans studies. Faculty in WGSS have expertise in law, neuroscience, anthropology, political science, history, philosophy, ethics, literary theory, psychoanalysis, critical studies of race, postcolonial theory, globalization, immigration, and science and technology studies.

We are the first WGSS PhD-granting degree program and are consistently ranked as one of the very best WGSS graduate programs in the United States. Learn more about our graduate program.

In our undergraduate program, we emphasize learning through an interdisciplinary lens focused on critical thinking and analysis, writing and research, imagination, and creative expression. Our majors pursue a variety of post-graduate pathways in multiple fields. Learn more about our undergraduate program.