We are excited to announce that our department has changed its name from Women’s Studies to Gender and Sexuality Studies. The new name represents our curriculum and our research more inclusively and sets the stage for our expansion into several new areas, including sustainability, health studies, and trans studies.
Please be aware that it will take time for all of UCR’s on-line systems and the Catalogue of Courses to be updated with this name change. New and returning students should look under both WMST and GSST when enrolling in courses and looking up their grades.
What makes the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at UCR unique is the way we combine theory with informed action, and focus on understanding the varieties of feminism throughout the world today. Our students and faculty come from a wide range of ethnic, racial, and national backgrounds, and our department values such diversity in the production of knowledge. The curriculum is designed to help students learn from the similarities and differences in women's experiences in this country and around the world. We cross traditional academic disciplines to investigate such topics as the roles of women in developing countries and in migration; the ways gender interacts with race, ethnicity, and class; how gender shapes performance and the expressive arts; how gender categories operate in our own and other societies; the history and contemporary theories of sex and sexualities; and new directions in feminist theory and methods of research.
Gender and Sexuality Studies at UCR is expanding rapidly. Students can expect exciting additions to the current program and student input is always welcome.
*** Statement on Racism, Homophobia, and Freedom on Speech — March 24, 2010 ***