Women's, Gender & Sexuality 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, 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,  Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Elena Castro

Stop by our office in 362 Hatcher to learn more! 


In the News

Kahan Awarded 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship
Dr. Benjamin Kahan, associate professor in the LSU Department of English and in the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2020 by the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation on April 8, 2020.

Lois Edmonds Awarded 2019 Staff Outstanding Service Award

The LSU Foundation Staff Outstanding Service Award is an annual award established to recognize the superior work performance and outstanding contributions of full-time, non-academic staff employees of the LSU flagship campus and the LSU AgCenter.

Dr. Elena Castro to receive SEC ALDP Alumni Fellowship

"Dr. Elena Castro, Professor and Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Program at Louisiana State University, will receive an SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (SEC ALDP) Alumni Fellowship, the Conference staff announced Tuesday. The fellowship is an opportunity for SEC ALDP alumni to visit other SEC universities to strengthen their administrative leadership skills while addressing an area of growth for their home institutions.

“For more than 10 years SEC universities have been intentionally investing in the future of higher education through the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program,” said Dr. Torie Johnson, SEC Associate Commissioner. “Dr. Castro is clearly a leader at Louisiana State University, and we are pleased to be able to support her growth through collaboration with other SEC administrators.”

The SEC ALDP Alumni Fellowship component of the SEC ALDP is in its third year and two former participants may receive the award annually. The overarching SEC ALDP seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond." -SEC Staff

Faculty Meetings 

Wednesday September 29th, 11:30am

Thursday October 28th, 12:00pm

Thursday November 18th, 3:00pm


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!

Stay tuned for the next Gender Snacks!


WGS Newsletter

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Upcoming Events

  • Graduate Minor Information Session November 3, 2021 at 4:00 via Zoom
  • Professor Kevin Ohi, Boston College will give a lecture via Zoom, December 1, 2021
  • Graduate Student Meet & Greet, via Zoom, 2:00-3:00 December 2, 2021
  • Speaker Event: Dr. Patrick Grzanka, University of Tennessee Chair of WGS, February 10, 2022 via Zoom