Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

About Us

Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies offers students the skills to critically and actively engage with the world. In this interdisciplinary field, you will integrate theory and practice to transform social relations, representations, knowledges, institutions, and policies.

Whether you’re interested in activism, the intersection of gender and race, theory, sexuality, gender and communication, or women in history, we have courses to meet your needs.

Find out more about the value of a GWSS degree.


Reproductive Justice Resources

Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies has created a reproductive resource page.

Topics Include:

  • Dobbs Decision
  • Local Resources for Abortion/Reproductive Health
  • National Resources
  • Local News
  • Understanding Attacks on Bodily Autonomy
  • Reproductive Justice Reading List
  • Get Involved

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Summer and Fall 2022 Course Announcement

Colorful Abstract Gender Women's and Sexuality Studies

GWSS 101

Jessi Willis, PhD

Summer: Online
Fall: Online and
MWF 1 – 2:30 p.m.

5 credits
Satisfies a BACR for Humanities and Arts

This interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce you to the study of women, gender, feminism, and systems of oppression and privilege. We will draw upon a diverse collection of writing, classroom exercises, films, and discussions to better understand women’s experiences (primarily in the U.S.) both empirically and theoretically.

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GWSS 220

Mimi Marinucci, PhD

Fall: Online

5 credits
Counts Toward GWSS Degrees

This course explores the interdisciplinary scholarship on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities and histories, as well as queer and emerging identities.

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GWSS 326

Jessi Willis, PhD

Summer: Online
Fall: TR 1 – 3:20 p.m.

5 credits
Satisfies Diversity Requirement

This course examines cultural beliefs about gender, sex, sexuality, and the body. Experiences throughout our lifetimes impact ways that we learn to embody gender, express sexuality, and live in our bodies. We use intersectional feminist approaches to consider the variety of lived, embodied experiences and social effects of categorizing bodies.

GWSS 383

Jacki Hedlund Tyler, PhD

Fall: MWF 2 – 3:30 p.m.

5 credits

Cross-listed: HIST 383.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 201 or permission of instructor.

Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–diversity.

Students will study women’s experiences in American history from pre-colonial society to the 21st century. Students will reconsider traditional timelines and motivations in the development of the United States, while analyzing how women’s experiences have been shaped not just by their gender identity, but also by their racial, ethnic, sexual, cultural and class identities. Students will evaluate the distinct and unique roles of women in national events and major transitions in American society.

GWSS 471

Bipasha Biswas, MSW, PhD

Fall: TR 6 – 9:50 p.m.

4 credits

Cross-listed: SOWK 471.
Pre-requisites: junior standing.

The course examines the history of human rights and dignity using the declaration of rights by the United Nations, research and initiatives by the World Health Organization and other international human rights groups. The course covers topics on the human rights of women and children including health, food insecurity, economic status, housing, education, violence, war crimes and residency/citizenship status. It examines strategies for furthering human rights on the global stage.

Social Justice & Community Engagement

HONS 130

Judy Rohrer, PhD

Fall: TR 12 – 2:20 p.m.

5 credits

Do you want to know more about how to “be the change you want to see in the world?” Now, more than ever, we need to develop knowledge, strategies, and skills as effective
change-makers. This course provides an introduction to theories, concepts, and strategies of social justice and community engagement. We will learn about intersecting systems of oppression, methods for creating change, and transformative visions of a more socially just, equitable, and inclusive society.

Why Study Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies at Eastern?

Our core values of equity, inclusivity, and justice are embedded in all that we do.

The Value of a GWSS Degree

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Get Involved

You'll have the opportunity for feminist analysis, knowledge creation, exercising leadership and participating in activism.

Make a Difference

Build awareness and understanding of difference, power, and privilege.

Excellent Job Opportunities

Our graduates have a great record of finding employment soon after graduation.

Careers in Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

Our curriculum prepares students for a wide variety of occupational possibilities:


Community Health Promoter

Corporate Communications Coordinator

Human Rights Associate Director

Manager of Donor & Alumni Relations

Our Mission

Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies at Eastern Washington University generates opportunities for interdisciplinary feminist analysis and knowledge creation while fostering leadership in intersectional activism.

We achieve our mission by:

  • Building awareness and understanding of difference, power, and privilege.
  • Enhancing the experience and strengthening the qualifications of students as they prepare for careers in a wide range of fields.
  • Supporting interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and creative works among faculty, students, and staff.
  • Collaborating with campus and community partners that are focused on centering lived experiences of those who have been historically marginalized.

Fragrance-Free Space

Thank you for helping us maintain a welcoming and accessible environment for everyone who uses the WAGE Center and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies suite.

Please refrain from wearing scented products while visiting this space as they can cause serious health issues for those with fragrance allergies and/or chemical sensitivities.

Scented products include:

  • perfumes
  • colognes
  • scented lotions
  • clothing washed and/or dried with scented products
  • scented hair products
  • essential oils

We appreciate your cooperation in making your space more accessible. Thank you for your consideration for all members of our community. For more information on why we are becoming fragrance-free, check out the following resources: