Women and Gender Studies Program

Over 30 years of transformative teaching, scholarship and social change

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.

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

All the best,

Director of Women & Gender Studies

Lisa Walker 

News & Events

The Women & Gender Studies Program is updating the requirements for our major—switching from 42 credit hours to 36.
Please join the Women & Gender Studies program as we celebrate excellence in feminist scholarship. The event features the research of our graduating seniors, and an award ceremony to honor feminist scholarship, creativity, service and activism.
A Staged Reading of the play by then-famous Broadway playwright, Rachel Crothers (1878-1958). Directed by Assunta Kent and performed by Intro Theatre students.