Women and Gender Studies

Varner Hall, Room 217
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2154

Who Should I Contact?

If you have an interest in pursuing a major or a minor in WGS, contact Dr. Jo Reger, Director of WGS.


Recently, the Communications Team at Affordable Colleges Online learned that girls are about twice as likely as boys to be, both the victim and perpetrator of cyberbullying. This led them to create a resource which could illuminate this growing problem and provide possible solutions.  You can check it out at Understanding Cyberbullying in College.



A timeline of women's activism at OU by WGS student Cheyanne Kramer can be found on the OU Library's web page at https://library.oakland.edu/archives /student_life/women_student_orgs.html



Women and Gender Studies Program

Welcome to Women and Gender Studies!

You might be wondering...Who Are We? 
The field of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) investigates the systems of gender, power, and representation that shape the lives of women and men, girls and boys. As an interdisciplinary field of study, WGS scholarship puts gender - what it means to be masculine or feminine - at the center of analysis. We ask such questions as: How does one's gender influence participation in the family, economy, politics, and the arts? How do language, ideology, and visual representation convey meanings about women's and men's status in society? How has that status changed historically? How does the experience of gender vary according to one's race, class, nationality, religion, and sexual identity? Through our interdisciplinary orientation linking the humanities, arts, social sciences, and education, WGS enables and inspires women and men to work together to promote social justice.

Why Should I Major in WGS? 
Deciding to major in Women and Gender Studies is an exceptional choice for those who wish to be on the forefront of a vastly changing and competitive transnational marketplace. As our culture shifts from a manufacturing to a service based economy, and as our workforce becomes more diverse, WGS majors find that they are strategically positioned to be leaders in the new economy. Additionally, WGS is an important complement to all fields and is particularly important in professions concerning people and social institutions, such as journalism, law, social work, teaching, communication, government and governmental relations, and much more. For those interested in pursuing an advanced degree, a WGS major provides excellent preparation and intellectual grounding for a variety of academic disciplines. Finally, the WGS minor complements other minors across the disciplines and provides excellent career preparation for business, criminal justice, social work, psychology and international studies majors.