The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program gives students the intellectual and practical tools for engaging with the ways gender and sexuality impact our lives. Through a multidisciplinary approach among thirteen academic departments, students explore the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, age, class, ability, sexuality, and religious affiliation. Students can choose to major or minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and learn to apply theoretical concepts to understand and challenge forms of oppression from racism to sexism and homophobia, to classism and religious intolerance. Furman’s diverse WGSS curriculum prepares students to pursue a wide range of professional opportunities and/or additional education.
Recent evidence on the pandemic’s imbalanced toll on working mothers who left the workforce and on queer youth who remained in unsafe or non-affirming homes, as well as the #MeToo movement’s focus on systemic abuse of power/privilege, reminds us that WGSS goes beyond curricular issues; it is about the world we live in.