Women's and Gender Studies

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VSU's Women’s and Gender Studies program is an interdisciplinary field of scholarship devoted to the study of women and gender as a social construction, one that intersects with class, race, age, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and sexual identity. Our faculty and students are both scholars and feminist activists, pursuing intellectual work and achievement with a vision of social justice. In WGST, we explore the connections between academic inquiry and personal life, therefore, students have a unique opportunity to participate in process-oriented classrooms, where they are expected to be active participants in their own learning. We hope you will take a few minutes to explore our web site and learn more about our minor and social justice work.


Our Program

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program (WGST) is an academic discipline that offers a 15 hour minor to students. On July 1, 2007, the name of Valdosta State University’s Women’s Studies Program was officially changed to Women’s and Gender Studies Program.  The name change recognizes the program’s more comprehensive attention to the relations between women and men, and various aspects of gender (femininity and masculinity).  Women’s and Gender Studies is an academic program in the College of Arts & Sciences that engages students in the study of:

  • Historical and contemporary roles, experiences, and achievements of women
  • The socially and culturally constructed notions of what is feminine and masculine
  • The intersections of gender with race, class, religion, ethnicity, age, nationality, and sexuality in the United States and globally
  • The analysis of sexuality, including lesbian, gay, intersexual, and transgender studies
  • Social Justice

Courses are interdisciplinary in content and approach. This means WGST courses are taught by faculty members from disciplines throughout the university. Many of our courses are cross-listed with other departments and focus on women and gender issues in a specific disciplinary context. Currently, the following departments/programs cross-list or offer Women’s and Gender Studies courses:

  • African American Studies Program                                                        
  • Department of Art
  • Department of English
  • Department of History
  • The Honors Program
  • Department of Modern & Classical Languages
  • Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Psychology & Counseling
  • Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice

Students can become involved in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Valdosta State University in a number of ways.  Students may enroll in individual courses, apply course work toward a MINOR in Women’s and Gender Studies, or apply course work toward a concentration in General Studies. Throughout the year Women’s and Gender Studies sponsors events including a lecture series that brings in experts to speak on a wide range of issues, as well as readings, films, performances, and forums.  We welcome ALL students and are committed to providing a supportive, student centered environment that embraces and encourages diversity.  It is an exciting and modern program for both women and men.

For more information about the Women’s and Gender Studies Program please contact Dr. Tracy Woodard-Meyers, Director by using any of the methods below.

Mailing Address:
Tracy Woodard-Meyers, Ph.D.
Women's and Gender Studies Program
Valdosta State University
1500 North Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31698
(229) 249-4842


Women's and Gender Studies Mission Statement

Women's and Gender Studies at Valdosta State University is an interdisciplinary program committed to providing feminist scholarship across the disciplines. The mission of the Women's and Gender Studies Program is:

  • To promote gender equity and an academic climate that hears and respects women's voices.
  • To provide resources and an intellectual context for students, the University, and the community which facilitates individual and collaborative research about women, gender, and sexualities.
  • To promote the integration of women, gender, and sexuality issues into courses across the disciplines and so encourage critical and sensitive thinking about women, gender, and sexualities.
  • To initiate and co-sponsor events related to women, gender, and sexualities with campus departments and student organizations.
  • To offer networking, advocacy, and support for all faculty, staff, and students.