About | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh


Our Mission

The University of Pittsburgh Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program is an interdisciplinary academic program focusing on excellence in teaching and research relating to gender, sexuality, and women. The Program is committed to promoting feminist and LGBTQIA+ activism, pedagogy, and scholarship that engage with the larger local, national, and global communities. Program offerings provide opportunities for students and faculty to explore the historical development, cultural variations, and changing representations of gender and sexuality as they organize identities, interactions, and institutions and intersect in complex ways with sex, race, class, ethnicity, ability, age, religion, and nation. The Program actively supports campus efforts to make courses and research more inclusive and diverse and to provide opportunities for collaboration and intellectual exchange.

(Statement passed by the Steering Committee, Jan. 2014)

Research/Scholarship/Creative Activity

Our faculty and students are at the forefront of work in gender studies. We host a major series of innovative programming and research events on gender, sexuality, and women. The Program supports gender-related scholarship and creative activity through funds for students--undergraduate and graduate. We also honor outstanding graduate and undergraduate writing through three writing awards, and we provide the primary forum for gender-related lectures, brownbags, work-in-progress discussions, reading groups, and other events. Each year, we offer a series of events around a research theme. 


Our courses, along with cross-listed courses in various departments, provide opportunities for students and faculty to explore the changing role of gender and sexuality. We offer a graduate certificate, BA major, and BA minor that connect students and faculty across disciplinary fields and with the larger community. (Please note that the undergraduate certificate is being phased out and students are not able to enroll in the certificate after Dec. 1, 2016.) The program supports gender-related teaching through graduate lectureships or instructorships, brownbag discussions on feminist/queer pedagogy, teaching internship opportunities for undergraduates, and opportunities to teach and take innovative courses as part of the programs in gender, sexuality, and women's studies. All our courses are inflected by cutting-edge research on gender.  


From its inception in the early 1970's, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program has been committed to keeping teaching and scholarship in conversation with the larger community--locally, nationally, and globally. All our events are free and open to the public. Through internships, students have opportunities to connect their academic work with their commitments to change and to learn how to become positive change agents. We also serve as a clearinghouse by helping to connect activist groups with the university community through our publications and online. Our Iris Marion Young Awards honor students, faculty, and staff who have made important contributions to social justice within and outside the academy.

To receive our emails about events in gender/sexuality/women's studies, contact us at gsws@pitt.edu.

*Please note that our name changed (to the "Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program") May 2014. 

Contact us

For the Program information flyer, click here.


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