Dr. Rosemaire Tong and students

Faculty and student

Dr. Janaka Lewis and students

Welcome to the Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) Program!

The Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNC Charlotte explores the ways that gender influences social structures and individual experiences around the world. We view gender as a category of analysis that includes women, men, transgender, and gender-noncomforming individuals. The program seeks to understand the cultural, political, and historical processes that gender human identity and society. In our research, teaching, programming, and service we explore gender as it intersects with multiple categories, such as race, ethnicity, social class, age, ability, nationality, and sexuality. Recognizing that gender varies widely over time and space, the program emphasizes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, with faculty employing a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches.

The Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNC Charlotte offers an undergraduate minor in Women’s and Gender Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. We also sponsor a first-year learning community called “Gender Excellence" (GenX) as well as a Women's and Gender Studies Honor Society, Iota Iota Iota (Triota). Our curriculum prepares students to understand how gender has shaped their own lives, the lives of others, the production of knowledge, and social institutions. Our undergraduate and graduate coursework also emphasizes the link between theory and practice and encourages applied learning through internships and service learning. Our curriculum is designed to develop a perspective that will inform students’ academic, professional, and personal development. This perspective will lead students to ask the kinds of critical questions that are essential to imagining and creating an inclusive and equitable society.

Become a Faculty Affiliate

Interested in becoming a Faculty Affiliate with the Women's and Gender Studies Program? We would love to consider your application! Please click here to begin the application process and note that you will need to login using your UNCC email address.