Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the multiple roles gender plays in everyday life, the impacts of gendered practices on social, cultural, and political behavior and thought, and the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, ability, age, and class.

Our courses examine topics such as women in culture and history; gender and race, class, and sexuality; gender in literature, politics, the law, and the sciences.

Founded in 1991, we offer a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Women's and Gender Studies, an undergraduate minor, and a graduate minor. We are proud to include faculty from every college at LSU, who represent over 25 departments.

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What can you do with a WGS degree?

There are many amazing things you can do with a degree in WGS and many ways in which this degree can combine and enhance your current major (if applicable) when on the post-college job market . In fact, did you know that there are more than 200 career paths you can follow with a degree in WGS? Check out this list for career options available for a WGS concentration or minor. If you are interested in finding out more about a six-class undergraduate minor or about concentrating in WGS, email the Undergraduate Advisor, Challen Nicklen or if you are interested in a four-class graduate minor contact the Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, Elena Castro

Stop by our office in 118 Himes to learn more!


WGS Newsletter

Please find our newsletters here!

Fall 2017-Spring 2019


Upcoming Events

Generational Conversations, with Ankita Rathour, Serap Erincin, Sherri Johnson, and Kate Jensen, on Wednesday, February 27th at 1:30 in 434 Hodges


Gender Snacks

Gender Snacks is a monthly gathering of WGS faculty and grad students for exchanges ranging from the serious to the hilarious. We meet the first Thursday of every month at Mestizo’s anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. Join us and bring your WGS friends and colleagues!

The next Gender Snacks will be Thursday, April 4th.




Faculty Meetings 

February 21st 12:00pm--1:00pm

March 14th  11:30am--12:30pm

April 10th    12:00pm--1:00pm

129 Himes Hall



The Book of Minor Perverts by Benjamin Kahan

The cover of The Book of Minor Perverts: Sexology, Etiology, and the Emergence of Sexuality by Benjamin Kahan.

Check out the newest work by our very own, Dr. Benjamin Kahan!

Statue-fondlers, wanderlusters, sex magicians, and nymphomaniacs: the story of these forgotten sexualities—what Michel Foucault deemed “minor perverts”—has never before been told. In The Book of Minor Perverts, Benjamin Kahan sets out to chart the proliferation of sexual classification that arose with the advent of nineteenth-century sexology. The book narrates the shift from Foucault’s “thousand aberrant sexualities” to one: homosexuality. The focus here is less on the effects of queer identity and more on the lines of causation behind a surprising array of minor perverts who refuse to fit neatly into our familiar sexual frameworks. The result stands at the intersection of history, queer studies, and the medical humanities to offer us a new way of feeling our way into the past.