Women, Gender & Sexuality is an interdisciplinary program in which students study gender and sexualities with an emphasis on transnational perspectives.

By examining social issues, literary, scientific, and historical materials, students develop a critical, socially engaged sense of how gender and/or sexualities shape and are shaped by the world around them.

Topics range from women’s political participation to body politics to lesbian/gay parenting and transgender concerns.  Courses currently being offered focus on women's media, literature, and art, women in sports, queer theory, gender politcs, and LGBTQ Studies.


News & Announcements

R.I.P. Bernard Mayes (1929 - 2014). From 1984 to 1999, he worked at UVA as faculty member, dean, department chair, and founder of the Media Studies Program. He was involved in the founding of UVA Pride, UVA's LGBTQ Faculty/Staff group, and also the Serpentine Society, UVA's LGBTQ Alumni organization. His gift initiated what is now the Bernard Mayes LGBTQ Lecture Fund at the WGS Program. An inspirational friend and supporter of UVA's WGS Program, he will be long remembered.
Daily Progress Obituary is here.


Are you wondering what’s new at the interdisciplinary WGS Program at UVA?
Please take a look at our 2014 Fall update, for some answers.
In the 2014 Fall Update, you will find information about:

  • New WGS faculty members
  • Expanded WGS course offerings in LGBTQ Studies
  • Teaching awards and new publications by WGS faculty
  • Donations and cooperating Departments and Centers at UVA
  • And more

If you have corrections, or if you would like to share ideas or reactions, we hope you will be in touch.