Women and Gender Studies Program

Overview

Happy New Year, WGS!

Women and Gender Studies at USM has always offered students the opportunity to study the lives, ideas, and actions of women throughout history, to explore new ways of thinking about gender, and to participate meaningfully in the Greater Portland community of scholars, writers, artists, health workers, politicians, and activists. A signature program at USM—the first and still the most robust Women’s Studies program in the state—we pride ourselves both on our scholarly excellence and on our contemporary relevance: as a capstone project, students either write a thesis supervised by a team of interdisciplinary scholars, or spend a semester working with one of our many community partners, of which we have over fifty. You can see who these partners are by clicking “WGS ENGAGED,” a link to your right. This year, in line with changing priorities at USM, we will be expanding our already healthy list of internship possibilities. But remain assured that USM WGS students will still have the benefit of a first-rate education by active, publishing scholars with connections to a wide academic network, along with access to regional and statewide businesses and non-profit organizations.

In keeping with the theme of contemporary relevance, we're developing an exciting programming schedule for Spring 2015. Our topic this semester is "Gender, Race, and Public Health." Nurse Kaci Hickox will be the keynote speaker for Women's History Month in March. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for further details.

Please come by 94 Bedford Street to talk, study, or get some help on negotiating the red tape. Lauren and I are here to help.

All the best,

Lucinda Cole, Director of Women & Gender Studies

Prof. Lucinda Cole