Women and Gender Studies Program


In the current political and social climate, Women and Gender Studies is more relevant than ever. Our interdisciplinary program at USM is the longest-standing feminist studies program in Northern New England, and continues to be one of the most vibrant. We examine the impact of gender on our thought and our everyday experiences, and study the intersections of gender with race, sexuality, class, ability, and age. We enable students to explore the theory and the practice of social justice movements, activism, and advocacy. A Women and Gender Studies degree helps graduates understand difference so that they can make a difference; it prepares them for careers in the public and private sectors in fields such as education, law, economics, and human services.

Our 36-credit hour major, which was made official with the publication of the 2016-2017 undergraduate catalog, allows students to make timely progress towards getting an undergraduate degree, and to add WGS as a second major. Registration for fall 2016 begins April 3, and WGS is offering courses ranging from “Introduction to Women and Gender Studies” to “Politics of Difference” and  “Representations of Motherhood”. If you need advising, feel free to reserve an appointment with me or send me an email--I'm happy to help you with your academic planning!

Finally, I invite you all to participate in our Gender Studies Student Organization, open to any student on campus. GSSO has been active this year in organizing a trip to the Women's March on Washington and facilitating programming on campus--stay tuned for their screening of "The Mask You Live In" this April!


Lisa Walker

Director of Women & Gender Studies