Women and Gender Studies

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Art (BA)
Modes of Study
Blended;In Person

Full-time tuition

In-state: $8,910;
Out-of-state: $26,250 (30 credit hours per year). New England residents may qualify for tuition breaks. See details and other costs

Financial aid

Average offer covers a large portion of tuition & fees.
In-state: nearly 100%;
Out-of-state: nearly 70%.
May include scholarships, grants, waiver, & work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Develop the analytical and practical skills necessary for creating more socially just communities at institutional and systemic levels.
  • Gain critical experience and networking connections through an internship in your final year.
  • Engage in research projects funded by the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).
  • Immerse yourself in a curriculum rooted in intellectual curiosity and empathy for other peoples’ perspectives and experiences.
  • Study in the earliest founded Women and Gender Studies program in Maine with deep state-wide and regional connections.
  • Join an intellectual community dedicated to empowering belongingness and agency for engaged citizenship in a diverse democracy.
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Champions of feminist activism

Our faculty hold terminal degrees in their fields and pursue a diverse range of research topics, including LGBTQ+ issues, immigration, feminist economics, and more. Along with being widely published and presenting at international conferences, our faculty head a USM analysis laboratory and the Harvard GenderSci Lab.

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Discover meaningful work

Our program will prepare you for a variety of careers that can have a positive community impact. Whether you’d like to work in law, social work, health care advocacy, community education, counseling, policy making, or wish to pursue a graduate degree, our in-depth curriculum will guide you as you explore new ways of thinking about gender, society, and culture.

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Program requirements

Explore issues of gender, feminism, society, and culture. Engage in meaningful research, through our rigorous, participatory program with an activist commitment to social justice.

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Put learning into practice

Our students have completed internships with organizations including Equality Maine, the Maine Med Gender Clinic, Preble Street, Greater Portland Health, and League of Women Voters of Maine, among other centers for social justice, non-profit activism, and community needs.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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A place to learn and grow

Our Women and Gender Studies House on the Portland campus provides a safe, relaxed space for students to build community and meet one-on-one with faculty.

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Do you live in New England?

You may be eligible for a special reduced tuition rate, as part of the New England Regional Student Program (RSP).

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Planning for Law or graduate school?

You could save time and money in earning your Law doctorate or MSW. We offer Accelerated Graduate Pathways to the University of Maine School of Law and our Master of Social Work (MSW) program.

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Next steps

Our helpful admissions counselors are here to answer your questions about the admissions process, our academic programs, and student support services. We also invite you to explore the many ways to visit campus or to engage with us through online experiences.

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