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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. 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.

What can you do with a WGS Degree?

Who can take WGS Classes?

Student Groups & Ways to get Involved

Upcoming Classes for WGS Students

The Women's and Gender Studies Registration Guide for the Fall 2023 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. 

Fall 2023 Registration Guide

A High-Quality Education

Experiential Learning

Quick Overview of WGS 390 Flagship Internships Gender Equity Research Fellowship (GERF) Gendered Injustices and Violent Extremism (GIVE) Student Choice Options

Events/What's Happening

Upcoming Events Past Events

Spotlight on Scholarship

Faculty/Student Accomplishments Joyce Durham Essay Contest

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Women's and Gender Studies Program

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300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0322