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Women’s and Gender Studies


The study of women's and gender studies focuses on the experiences and perspectives of women and considers how gender intersects with other factors, such as race and class, to shape all of our lives. Image of smiling Program Director, Dr. Jamie Small on the left side on the screen behind a classroom podium. On the right side of the screen is a student speaking to Dr. Small with their back to the camera.Founded upon the integration of theory and practice, and of critique and imagination, women's and gender studies brings approaches from other disciplines and fields into conversation with each other and with critical theories about gender and power to address and improve the lives of women and, by extension, of children and men. Inspired by both feminist and Marianist traditions, the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of Dayton promotes:

  • Integration, collaboration, and personal engagement in learning
  • Development and dissemination of critical thinking for social justice
  • Appreciation and protection of human dignity and diversity
  • Leadership through responsibility and service to community

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Check out our academic program and our amazing faculty and staff from disciplines across campus!

Want to engage in service learning? Interested in earning an award

A Women's and Gender Studies degree is a valuable asset to any workplace you are interested in. Though we understand if you have questions!

Upcoming Classes for WGS Students

The Women's and Gender Studies Registration Guide for the Spring 2024 semester is now available. Click the link below to see the list, and then choose from many interdepartmental course offerings to apply to your WGS major or WGS minor program. 

Spring 2024 Registration Guide

WGS Events

WGS engages with new students at Up the Orgs! A fall event where students meet the clubs and organizations on campus!

WGS welcomed back students to campus with an Ice Cream Social in August!

Students got to have a discussion with visiting professor, Emily Kazyak, about sexuality, law, and inequalities.

Check us out on social media

Women's and Gender Studies is now on Instagram. Visit our page to keep up with our events and activities.

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Women's and Gender Studies Program

Alumni Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0322