Women and Gender Studies Program

Overview

WGS is an intellectually rigorous, interdisciplinary program with a skills-based curriculum that prepares you to transform yourself and your community. WGS examines the impact of gender on thought and everyday experience, and studies the intersections of gender with race, sexuality, class, ability, age, and other social categories. WGS enables you to explore the theory and the practice of social justice movements, activism, and advocacy.

The WGS house is open to the USM community, regardless of major, for more limited hours during the time of COVID-19. You are welcome to stop by to relax, do homework, or just hang out, as long as you wear a mask and maintain physical distance. We are located at 94 Bedford Street on the Portland campus and are open from 10:00AM to 3:00PM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We have quiet study spaces available, comfy couches and gender-neutral bathrooms. Come by and introduce yourself anytime! We’d love to meet you. 

Our mission: "The Women and Gender Studies Program at USM will use the transformative power of feminist education and scholarship, theory and action, to improve the lives of Maine people and the communities in which they live."