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Department of Women's and Gender Studies

31 S. Court Street
Athens, OH 45701

Lynette Peck
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Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies  

The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies provides students an opportunity to explore the phenomenon of gender and its intersection with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other elements of diversity. It is an interdisciplinary field, which makes for a rich variety of course offerings. The program at Ohio University offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and an undergraduate certificate in addition to a wide range of individual courses, many of which focus on global feminism, gender and sexuality studies.

Career Opportunities

One of the benefits of an interdisciplinary program like Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies is that it prepares students for careers in a variety of fields. Our students are pursuing successful careers in non-profit organizations, business, the creative arts, education, government and public policy, journalism, law, medicine, publishing, science, social work, and more.


Special Features

Students in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Ohio University may choose from over 70 courses with more than 70 affiliated faculty from 17 departments, thus ensuring a unique program of study for each participant.

Our major is organized into three tracks: global, sexuality, and general. Students will choose one of these tracks in which to focus their coursework and then supplement their programs with courses from either of the other two tracks. This allows students to tailor their program of study according to their interests.

Our certificate program is likewise rich in variety and opportunity. It is comparable to a minor in that it requires about the same number of credit hours, and it provides an excellent complement to the range of undergraduate majors available at Ohio University.

In addition, we encourage students to enroll in our internship seminar, which, by offering a variety of placement opportunities in the Athens area, allows students to explore the many ways in which an academic focus on women’s, gender and sexuality studies can connect with life after graduation.

Our Faculty

Our faculty is composed of eight core members and more than 70 affiliated members, reflecting the diverse disciplinary and pedagogical range available to our students. For a complete list, please check our Web site.


College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 19 departments, 27 majors and dozens of other special curricula. The college is committed to advancing the interrelated areas of teaching, research, and outreach in a learning-centered community. The college instructs students based on core disciplines for the entire university.

Arts and Sciences is home to nearly one-third of all OHIO's undergraduate and graduate students. The college encourages research and applied scholarship among all of its faculty members. They also create many opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research as well. The college takes an active role in making knowledge accessible and in applying it to issues that affect the wider community.

All departmental majors provide sound preparation for future careers by requiring you to think and write critically and to communicate well - the preferred skills in all areas of the public and private sector. Certificate programs are open to students who are enrolled in any baccalaureate program, regardless of college or major. Minors in the College of Arts and Sciences may be combined with any regular majors or special curricula programs. With careful planning, minors can be completed within four years.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.