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, to relax, hold meetings, do homework, or just hang out. We are located at 94 Bedford Street on the Portland campus and are open from 8:00AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday. We have quiet study spaces available, comfy couches and gender-neutral bathrooms. We always have free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. 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."